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R20,000 bail for ‘Gupta associates’ accused of Optimum fraud

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R20,000 bail for ‘Gupta associates’ accused of Optimum fraud

Among the accused is former state official who was rushed to hospital after collapsing in courtoom

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Former department of mineral resources and energy deputy director-general Joel Raphela was rushed from the courtroom to hospital for medical attention on Wednesday.

He had been arrested earlier in the day together with former Tegeta Exploration and Resources director Ronica Ragavan and former trustee of Optimum Coal Mine Pushpaveni Govender in connection with a R107.5m mine rehabilitation project.

During their first appearance in the Randburg magistrate’s court, Raphela was without legal representation and seemed to struggle to respond to questions from magistrate Hleziphi Mkhasibe...

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