The affordable education loan option
Johannesburg - The case of a Hammanskraal man who claims he is being victimised by the National Prosecuting Authority and the Department of Correctional Services has hit yet another snag.
The case against Johan Joubert has been marred by errors and mistakes he claims are intentional. From clerical mistakes and conflicting dates set for his court hearings to missing investigating officers and alleged lies from the NPA, Joubert is convinced he is being kept behind bars for nefarious reasons.
Joubert was arrested in July on charges of illegal possession of firearms, and his written affidavit submitted to the court suggests he was trying to hand over the weapons to the NPA.
He said he was arrested on the spot when pointing out the firearms, after allegedly coming to an agreement for witness protection with the NPA.
He was granted R1 000 bail by the Hammanskraal Magistrate’s Court on October 10 after telling his story to the court, but remains in prison.
Joubert and his legal team claim his bail money was not accepted.
The Correctional Services Department responded by saying Joubert was on parole for another crime and has to appear before his parole board before he can be released.
On Thursday, it was revealed that his parole board hearing had been set for the same day as his court appearance. This meant his bid for freedom while he awaits trial was scuppered once again.
Correctional Services spokeswoman Grace Molatedi said that while this was an unfortunate coincidence, it did not mean the parole board would not accommodate Joubert.
She said his matter would be seen to as soon as a rescheduling would allow.