Celebrity bodyguard granted bail in Fort Hare fraud saga

Celebrity bodyguard granted bail in Fort Hare fraud saga

Celebrity bodyguard, Anwar Khan was granted bail of R200 000 in the Dimbaza Magistrate's Court, in the Eastern Cape on Friday.

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Khan, the owner of the Pentagon Group, was arrested over the Easter weekend along with 14 others in connection with the Fort Hare University fraud and corruption case.

His co-accused Terrence Joubert was however denied bail.

The National Prosecuting Authority said in a statement Joubert’s bail bid was rejected because the court felt that there is a probability that he would interfere with witnesses and the investigation.

NPA Spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said Khan was granted bail with conditions, including that he must report daily to the nearest police station, surrender his passport, and have no contact with Joubert or any witnesses in the case.

The pair will join 19 others, including former employees and service providers, in the dock on the 9th of May when the matter returns to court.

The accused include Sarga Burger, Gosain van der Haar, Anna Smith,  Paul Tladi, Lucrecia Davids, Mbulelo Gingcana, Nkateko Mawila, Nozuko Mabombo, Thamsanqa Sonjica, Craig Retief, Bradley Conradie, Justin King and Nthabiseng Makhoba.

It’s understood they allegedly colluded in giving each other tender contracts at the university in return for gratifications. The total amount of funds paid by the university to the service providers reportedly exceeds R172 million. 

10 of the accused also face murder charges in connection with the death of the university’s fleet manager Petrus Roets and the vice-chancellor’s bodyguard Richard Vesele. They are also accused of the attempted murder of vice-chancellor Professor Sakhele Buhlungu and deputy vice-chancellor Renuka Vithal.

Isaac Plaatjies who’s the university’s director of investigations and vetting remains behind bars after previously being denied bail. He is alleged to be the mastermind behind the murders and attempted murders.


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