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Coffee shop fraud accused claims exhaustion

Publish date: 23 April 2012
Issue Number: 3020
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: In Court

Michael Anthony Crause, accused of fraudulently selling a non-existent mobile coffee shop franchise, has appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court, says a report on the IoL site.

Crause, who is conducting his own defence, asked for a postponement, claiming he was exhausted because he had spent a sleepless night studying documentation to prepare for the cross examination of Mtunzi Malunga. He told the court he was not familiar with cross-examination procedure, and needed time to obtain documentation to dispute testimony that Malunga paid R420 000 for franchise rights and shares in the mobile coffee bar 2UCafe. Crause faces three counts of fraud and one of fraudulent or reckless trading. Magistrate Amrith Chabillal postponed the case until today (Monday). Full report on the IoL site