Court grants bail to deputy president Mabuza’s accuser

The Mpumalanga woman who accused Deputy President David Mabuza of plotting to assassinate conservationist Fred Daniel was released on R3000 bail.

The Nelspruit Magistrate’s court released Nomfundo Sambo (32) on conditions that she doesn’t contact the state witnesses and that she reports five days before leaving Mpumalanga province to the investigation officer in the case, lieutenant colonel Peter Mhlongo.  

She pleaded not guilty on the charges of obstructing justice and fraud after initially telling the court during her own defence that she is pleading guilty. 

Before she could finish her bail application doing her own defence, Sambo came with a lawyer, Sipho Mashele who told the court that the accused is not pleading guilty on the charges. 

Sambo who is also facing charges of possession of equipment stolen during an armed robbery after the Hawks arrested her on March 13 2019.

She made headlines in November last year when she claimed in an affidavit, that she had stumbled on deputy president Mabuza’s diary that detailed a plot to assassinate Daniel, a Mpumalanga-based conservationist. 

In the affidavit, Sambo called herself Thandeka Mabuza, a niece to the deputy president. She claimed that she was helping at the deputy president’s house in Johannesburg on November 5, 2018, when she found the diary.

The deputy president and Daniel have a history of public spat which led to Daniel obtaining an interim court order preventing deputy president Mabuza from interfering in his businesses. 

During Sambo’s bail application lieutenant Colonel Mhlongo who investigated the case opposed the application on the grounds that she was also being investigated for money laundering.

Mhlongo claimed that there was a deposit of about R700 000 that went through her bank account, even though her monthly salary was only R2500 per month.

Sambo claimed to the police that she hit a jackpot at Emnotweni casino and deposited it herself. 

Sambo also implied that the Daniel personally wrote the affidavit on his laptop.

“What if I can tell you that the affidavit was written by Fred Daniels in his laptop?” Said Sambo to Col Mhlongo.

Magistrate Boitumelo Mosadi postponed the case to May 2 while police investigations are continuing.

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