Port Elizabeth - An application made to have Portia “Pankie” Sizani, discharged on the remainder of fraud and money laundering charges against her was dismissed on Friday.
Sizani, wife of former African National Congress (ANC) chief whip in Parliament, Stone Sizani, appeared back in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court before Magistrate Mputumi Mpofu, who said in dismissing the application that he had weighed State evidence and found it was not such that it could not be relied on.
The application in terms of Section 174 states that if, at the close of the prosecution’s case, the court believed there was no evidence that the accused committed the offence concerned, it could return a verdict of not guilty.
Earlier this year Sizani was found not guilty on five of the 15 counts of money laundering against her. The five counts Sizani was acquitted on relate to witnesses that could not be traced.