Embattled businessman Edwin Sodi to return to court today


By Thabo Monyela

Johannesburg- The Bolobedu-born controversial businessman Edwin Sodi is expected to appear before court today on charges of attempted murder, assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm (GBH) and two counts of pointing a firearm.

The 49-year-old embattled tender-tycoon was released on R150k bail by Randburg magistrate court for allegedly assaulting and pointing firearm to his estranged former Capricorn Fm presenter wife, Nthateng Lerata after found her with a known businessman at their matrimonial house in Bryanston, Joburg in March this year.

During his bail application on March, 18, Sodi claimed that he found his estranged wife with a well-known businessman at their home in a compromising situation, while his daughter was in the house and the confrontation ensued.

According to the charge sheet, Sodi unlawfully and intentionally attempted to kill Lerata by attempting to shoot her on 10 March, it is alleged that he pulled out a gun and tried to shoot the two in the head but his gun jammed during the confrontation, however he denied these allegations.

Sodi said he would be pleading not guilty in the attempted murder case brought by Lerata and the business man, saying he had no previous convictions.

He, however, has a pending matter in Bloemfontein related to fraud and corruption.

The legally embattled Sodi is also on trial in the Bloemfontein high court after his company, Blackhead Consulting was involved in the alleged corruption of securing a R255 million tender for the audit of asbestos-roofed homes and removal of the roofs in Free State, during the ANC-suspended Secretary, Ace Magashule’s tenure as the Premier.

Sodi is currently out on R500 000 bail in that matter.



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