RWANDAN NATIONAL REMANDED IN CUSTODY AS THE STATE PREFERS MORE CHARGES AGAINST HIM

RWANDAN NATIONAL REMANDED IN CUSTODY AS THE STATE PREFERS MORE CHARGES AGAINST HIM

Cape Town Magistrates` Court has postponed the case against Rwandan national, Ukiliho Kayishema Fulgence, for the defence to consult with their client as the state increases charges to more than fifty. Initially, the state charged him with two counts of fraud, and three counts of contravention of the Immigration Act. The State has increased the charges to 54 which comprised 9 counts of fraud, 10 counts of the Contravention of Section 37(a) of the Refugees Act 130 of 1998, read with Section 1 of the said Act and 35 counts of Contravention of Section 49(1)(a) of the Immigration Act 13 of 2002, read with Section (1) of the said Act.

The State provided the comprehensive charge sheet to the defence on Tuesday morning. The defence informed the court today that they were informed that their client has been moved from Pollsmoor Prison to Helderstroom Prison, Caledon, which made it difficult for them to consult with their client. The defence requested the case to be postponed for them to consult with their client. The state did not oppose the request as it was in the interest of justice for the matter to be postponed for them to consult their client.

Adv. Nathan Adriaanse told the court that the defence is expected to advise the court whether they intend to continue with their plan to apply for bail.

The case has been postponed to 20 June 2023, for consultation and for defence to indicate whether they intend to apply for bail.

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