BACKGROUND The Appellant, an accountant by profession, was convicted in the Nelspruit Regional Court on 20 counts of fraud relating to false VAT claims made to the South African Revenue Service and was subsequently sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment, wholly suspended on certain conditions for a period of five years. The Appellant petitioned the Gauteng
SUMMARY Review proceedings were launched in the Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg, before Acting Judge Phahlane, based on a number of procedural irregularities which occurred during a criminal trial, which subsequently resulted in a conviction and the imposition of a prison sentence. On 1 November 2017, in the Oberholzer Magistrate’s Court, Thuso Nyembezi (“the accused”) was,