THE CONFUSION surrounding the exhibits presented as evidence of allegedly fraudulent transactions made at Jabulani Pharmacy is only set to be clarified in October.
The trial against high flying Soweto pharmacist, Sam Manaka, 39, will continue at the Johannesburg Commercial Crime Court on October 10.
Yesterday, the state asked that the matter be postponed as it needed to secure a witness from the head office of the Metropolitan Health Group in Cape Town to testify over the transaction data they collected from the pharmacy.
Manaka is accused of working with other unnamed pharmacists and doctors to provide police officers with toiletries, groceries and cash, and then making exorbitant claims from the SA Police Service medical scheme, Polmed, between 2005 and 2008.
The scheme is administered by Metropolitan.
On Wednesday, the State called Polmed’s fraud analyst Gilbert Ndledle to testify on his findings regarding the data he collected from the Metropolitan database. He told the court of discrepancies in dates of purchases, font sizes and the names of the people who made the transactions in the exhibit already before court (exhibit A) and the exhibit compiled by security company Qhubeka, as well as the information from Metropolitan.
The State surmised that the reason behind the discrepancies in exhibit A was human error and asked for the exhibit to be withdrawn as evidence.
Manaka’s defence counsel warned that should the State cause any more delays in the case they would apply for the court to hold an inquiry in terms of section 342(a) of the Criminal Procedure Act which provides mechanisms for the presiding officer to investigate unreasonable delays.
Manaka faces more than 600 charges of fraud and has pleaded not guilty to all.