Embattled businessman, Edwin Sodi was granted R150,000 bail by the Randburg Justice of the Peace’s Court docket on Friday.
Sodi has been charged with tried homicide, assault with intent to commit grievous bodily hurt (GBH), and pointing of a firearm.
This comes after Sodi allegedly attacked his estranged spouse, Nthateng Lerata, and a buddy within the couple’s Bryanston house final week Thursday.
Police mentioned he handed himself over on the Sandton police station on Tuesday accompanied by his authorized consultant, after a home violence case was reported on Monday.
Throughout his bail software on Friday, Sodi submitted an affidavit detailing his private circumstances, what he does for a residing, his property, in addition to his model of what transpired on the evening of the incident.
Sergeant Jack Mabaso who was known as on the stand, instructed the court docket that he’s not opposing bail, saying the accused will not be a flight danger and his handle has been confirmed and he’s a South African citizen.
Nevertheless, prosecutor Yusuf Baba opposed bail and mentioned there’s a actual danger to the complainant, in addition to a risk that the applicant will intrude with state witnesses.
Justice of the Peace Nielen Karrikan granted Sodi bail with situations together with to not talk or intrude with any of the witnesses instantly or not directly, and that he stays at his premises. Additionally, any motion ought to be communicated with investigating officer.
Bail situations embrace:
– To not talk or intrude with any of the witnesses instantly or not directly
– Stay at his premises – any motion to be communicated with IO
No reporting situation made; IO is aware of the place he resides & can examine on him any time
— NPASouthAfrica (@NPA_Prosecutes) March 18, 2022
The matter has been postponed to Might 31.
Sodi and his Blackhead Consulting agency are implicated within the R255-million fraud and corruption case associated to the Free State asbestos elimination tender venture.
Allegations are that the contract was awarded to his firm by means of an unlawful unsolicited bid and that tens of millions of rands had been channelled to political heavyweights and prime officers, who had been concerned within the contract.
The state contends the work was by no means carried out and that authorities funds had been wasted within the course of.