The criminal charges against the Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor from Atlantis could soon be withdrawn if the state’s investigation is incomplete.
Nora Grose appeared in the Atlantis Magistrate’s Court on Friday, June 25, on charges of fraud and money laundering. Grose handed herself over to the Hawks in May, at the Atlantis police station prior to her court appearance. She is currently out on R10 000 bail.
However, as reported by IOL, the DA’s constituency head, Durbanville/Blaauwberg 1, Emma Powell, indicated that should the investigation not be completed by the next court date, the court will then consider Grose’s defence request for a full withdrawal of the matter.
Grose was arrested on an expeditious basis according to Powell. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) informed the court at her court hearing that on the date of her arrest, their investigation was already at an advanced stage, News24 reported.
Meanwhile, in a statement by the GOOD party’s secretary-general, Brett Herron he stated that he had referred this matter to the Public Protector’s Office as Grose’s legal team was being paid for by the City of Cape Town.
Today @Our_DA Councillor Nora Grose appeared in the dock on money-laundering crime charges related to @CityofCT food relief funds. The DA City is using public funds to pay for her legal defense after DA won a SCA case where they challenged @PresJGZuma defense using public funds. pic.twitter.com/qaFzHYE5AK
— Brett Herron 🇿🇦 (@brettherron) June 25, 2021
Herron also requested that the public protector order the City of Cape Town to withdraw its assistance and for Grose to repay the money. Grose will be back in court on July 30.
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