I’ll handle my own defence, says fraudster

Already in prison: 'Oom' Dries Marais, who appeared in court briefly yesterday
Already in prison: ‘Oom’ Dries Marais, who appeared in court briefly yesterday

CONVICTED fraudster “Oom” Dries Marais will be defending himself when he returns to the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court later this month.

Appearing yesterday on charges related to the theft of Transnet railway lines and sleepers, Marais, 74, told the court he would be handling his own defence.

He requested that all court documents be translated into Afrikaans and delivered to him so he could prepare for his next appearance on March 16.

It is alleged that between July and September 2008, Marais stole railway tracks and sleepers worth R2.7-million near Steynsburg.

-Riaan Marais

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