Businessman, Themba Mliswa (pictured left) has received temporary reprieve after being found not guilty in a trial in which he was facing charges of fraud and intimidation.
Mliswa was acquitted on one count of contravening section 45 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act and another count of contravening Section 88 of the Post and Telecommunications Services Act.
Mliswa was jointly charged with five others for allegedly defrauding Paul Westwood of his shares in Noshio Motors on the pretext that he was a representative of the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) and was working in line with the economic empowerment and indigenisation programme.
On the other count, Mliswa was accused of sending an offensive and threatening phone message to Westwood.
In acquitting Mliswa, the court ruled that the prosecution failed to provide sufficient or satisfactory evidence to prove that the accused was guilty beyond reasonable doubt on both counts.