Friday, 20 August 2021
Bloemfontein: Edward Abraham (37), a Durban based attorney appeared before the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday; 18 August 2021 where he faced charges of corruption.
It is alleged that on Thursday; 10 June 2021, Abraham approached the High Court clerk in Bloemfontein and requested him to fast track the signing of the defaults judgement documents.
He offered the complainant an amount of R100.00 per document whereas the submission or services requested by the attorney is for free.
The matter was reported to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption investigation team Bloemfontein.
An operation was conducted and executed on Monday; 18 August 2021, which led to the arrest of Abraham after paying an amount of R200.00to the complainant for two default judgement documents. An amount of R200.00 and a cell phone was seized during the arrest.
The case against Abraham was postponed to Monday; 04 October 2021, for further investigation and the accused was released on R1 500.00 bail.
Major General Kubandran Moodley has commended the High Court clerk for reporting the matter to the police.
“Although the money is small for an advocate to request a favour in a corrupt manner at a High Court it undermines the work of the criminal justice system.” added Major General.
He added that this arrest will serve as an example to others who are trying to undermine the operation of the criminal justice system that no one is above the law.