Mohlaloga was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for fraud and Nkhwashu to 24 years for fraud and money laundering, while pensioner Mohlahlane was given seven years for fraud.
But Makhoba’s ruling to grant leave to appeal on grounds that the sentences could be reviewed by the high court saw the men who defrauded the Land Bank sidestep prison, again.
Their bail was extended after their conviction in January last year.
On Thursday, the magistrate granted Mohlaloga bail of R70 000, while fixing Nkhwashu’s at R100 000 and Mohlahlane’s at R30 000. Conditions include reporting to police stations near their homes three times a week.
Prosecutor Dries Janse van Rensburg proved the State’s case that the three stole R6 million from the Land Bank’s agriculture scheme set up to empower black farmers....
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