Rorisang Kgosana
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22 Nov 2016
6:41 am

EFF trio get bail in varsity corruption case

Rorisang Kgosana

The Hawks arrested the three EFF Student Command members last week for an alleged bid to extort R100k from a security company.

One of the accused TUT students that briefly appeared on charges of corruption at the Department of Justice, Specialised Commercial Crime Court, 17 November 2016, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

A Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) student, a former student and a deregistered student were granted bail on corruption charges in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Court on Monday.

The Hawks nabbed the trio, Emmanuel Ramalata, 25, Mpho Kekana, 30, and Thanzielo Nematshema, 25, last week for an alleged bid to extort R100 000 from the security company contracted to the university in exchange for extending their contract.

The three, who are Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) members, spent the weekend in prison after the matter was postponed last week.

Defence attorney Matome Seima said one accused, Thanzielo Nematshema, was a registered student and the president of TUT Pretoria campus’ EFFSC.

“The other one has completed his diploma while the other registered and has since deregistered.”

State prosecutor Peter Seronye told the court there were no outstanding cases or previous convictions in their names.

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the trio were arrested in an undercover operation after they received R40 000.

The matter was postponed to February 7.