The High Court in Pretoria will hear applications from today until 19 April to determine whether Angelo Agrizzi, former chief operating officer of Bosasa, is fit to stand trial.
Sindisiwe Seboka, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority’s investigation directorate, said the two applications were in terms of section 67 (2) b and section 342A of the Criminal Procedure Act.
Article 67 (2) b states that “if an accused satisfies the court that his failure was not due to an error on his part, the provisional cancellation of the bail and the provisional forfeiture of the bail money expire”.
Section 342A relates to unreasonable delay. “A court before which criminal proceedings are pending shall investigate any delay in the conclusion of proceedings which appears to the court to be unreasonable and which causes substantial prejudice to the prosecution, the accused or his or her legal adviser, the state or a witness .”
Agrizzi, who is accused of fraud and corruption in connection with tenders the department of correctional services received from Bosasa, has already missed several court appearances or appeared in court with an oxygen tank due to poor health. The case has been dragging on for years.
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