Pretoria - Crime intelligence officer Morris Tshabalala has denied evading justice for 15 years or having powerful political connections.
Tshabalala also known as “Captain KGB”, was appearing in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria this morning for his bail application.
This after the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) arrested him on January 16, charging him with five counts of fraud and corruption.
The charges leveled against him are as a result of allegations that Tshabalala had stolen R563 000 from the SAPS secret slush fund meant for operational purposes.
The bail application was previously postponed as Tshabalala sought to submit supplementary affidavits in response to damning documents filed by IPID in opposing his bail application.
Through the affidavits submitted by his defense, Tshabalala denied he had evaded serving his sentence for 15 years after his appeal against an armed robbery conviction in 1996 had failed.
Instead he said he had been informed by his defence at the time that his appeal had been successful, hence he continued with his normal life.
He said: “I was advised by the law firm’s secretary that my appeal had succeeded and that I had to settle an outstanding amount to the Wessels Attorneys law firm, which I did.”
“It is alleged that I evaded serving my sentence but failed to inform the court of any processes that were served to notify me of the results of the appeal and to hand myself over to prison authorities,” he added.
Additionally he said that even after he was called by investigators in September regarding the new charges being looked into he still did not attempt to flee the country.
Tshabalala also denied enjoying political and SAPS protection, stating that the matter had made its way to court with no one coming to his aid.
A confirmatory affidavit was also handed in to the court by Tshabalala’s defense regarding a meeting held with investigating officers earlier this year before his arrest.
State advocate Chris Smith requested a postponement in order to find the records of the appeal, however, Tshabalala’s defense refused the request stating there had already been numerous delays in the application since the arrest.
Magistrate Nicca Setshogoe however was of the view that it was in the interest of justice that the state be given the opportunity to find the records.
The matter was stood down until this afternoon for the State to attempt to find the records of the appeal.