Wednesday, 11 November 2020 15:38

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The Bloemfontein Magistrates Court has postponed the highly controversial Free State asbestos audit case to 19 February 2021.

The suspects made a brief appearance in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning and are made up of government officials and business owners.

Bail has been extended for the seven accused.

The postponement is to allow for further investigations and the expected arrests of three more suspects.

The charges relate to the 2014 provincial asbestos audit, which was aimed at the identifying and removal of asbestos roofing from homes in the province.

Businessman Edwin Sodi, Free State human settlements department head Nthimotse Mokhesi, businessman Sello Radebe, former director-general of the national Department of Human Settlements Thabane Zulu, former provincial human settlements MEC Sarah "Olly"Mlamleli, Free State human settlements supply chain manager director Mahlamola Matlakela and businessman Abel Manyeki all face more than 60 counts of fraud, theft, corruption and money laundering.

The accused are all out on bail ranging between R50 000 and R500 000 each.