A corruption trial involving high-profile KwaZulu-Natal ANC politicians will begin in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in October, 2012. Pre-trial matters would be finalised between July 14 and 20, the court decided on Friday. Judge Ron McLaren confirmed the trial would run from October 01to December 14. The defence had until April 30 to file any matters it wanted to raise in the case. The State had until June 24 to respond. The accused include KwaZulu-Natal legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, economic development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, former Ithala development finance corporation CEO Sipho Shabalala, and Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi.
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