NPA looks to add more charges against one of FS asbestos project suspects

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The NPA’s Sipho Ngwema said that one of the suspects was in even more trouble now.

Members of the People’s Movement hold placards outside a Bloemfontein court on 2 October 2020 where 7 suspects are appearing on corruption charged related to a multi-million rand Free State asbestos project. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said that it was looking to press further charges against one of the seven suspects expected to appear in court in Bloemfontein on Friday.

African National Congress (ANC) members have already gathered outside to support ousted Mangaung mayor, Olly Mlamleli, insisting that the case against her is politically motivated.

They argue that more senior ANC members should also be charged.

On the other hand, members of the People’s Movement are holding placards which read: “Olly and the gang must wear orange overalls”.

The NPA’s Sipho Ngwema said that one of the suspects was in even more trouble now.

“It is alleged that one of the suspects went into the cells with money and started buying cellphones and there are a number of things that law enforcement agencies are investigating related to bribery and we might have to press further charges against one of the accused appearing here today.”

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