Mti expected to hand himself
Former prisons boss Linda Mti expected to hand himself over
Former correctional services commissioner Linda Mti will be appearing in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday. Mti, who was reported to be in the Eastern Cape earlier this week, is expected to hand himself over to police for processing between 11am and 12am.
The National Prosecuting Authority confirmed that Mti’s representation agreed he would hand himself over facing charges related to the irregular awarding of tenders to facilities company Bosasa, now named African Global Operations.
This follows a court appearance by former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi, among five co-accused on Wednesday. They also appeared in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court after they were arrested by the Hawks on charges related to a 2009 Special Investigation Unit report.
Agrizzi and his co-accused, including Andries van Tonder, were granted bail of R20,000 each.
A leaked draft charge sheet listed Mti as accused number one, with the former DCS CFO Patrick Gillingham, Van Tonder, and companies Bosasa, Sondolo IT and Phezulu Fencing, which are Bosasa subsidiaries, as his co-accused.
The case was postponed to March 27, with all the accused instructed to hand over their passports.
The high-profile arrests followed a marathon investigation where almost R1.6 billion is said to have been misappropriated in the tender processes for the procurement of various services by the department of correctional services.