Legal expert Brenda Wardle on her Facebook page.

Johannesburg - An alleged bogus legal analyst, charged with fraud, is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday. 

Brenda Wardle is expected to bring a bail application based on new facts. 

A so-called legal analyst and author, Wardle, 56, was arrested in East London earlier in June after evading court for more than a year.

In September, the court heard that Wardle, who is conducting her own defence, was still not trial ready the court heard. 

Wardle who has regularly provided analysis to news organisations for years, shot to fame during the highly publicised murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius. 

She was interviewed on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) TV and published a book titled: “To Kill a Fragile Rose: The State’s Case Against Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius”.

The 56-year-old is accused of pretending to be a lawyer and offering “services” to a convicted murderer.  

The State alleges that during April 2009 and August 2013, Wardle was paid R538,766 to assist jailed Stephanus van Aardt, who was requesting early release on parole.

The State alleges that Wardle pretended to be an attorney, but she failed to bring an application for Van Aardt’s early release.

Van Aardt, an Eastern Cape dairy farmer in Somerset East, who was convicted of murder in 2007 and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for the assault and death of 15-year-old Eliot Magabane, was as a result not eligible to have his term of imprisonment converted.

The so-called legal analyst and author was arrested in East London earlier in June, after evading court for more than a year. 

She was subsequently denied bail.