The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has granted the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) leave to appeal the sentence of former Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown.
This was confirmed by NPA spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke.
The court order stated that leave to appeal was granted against the sentence imposed by a single judge.
“Leave to appeal is granted to the Supreme Court of Appeal.”
The NPA wants a heavier sentence for Brown, who paid a R150 000 fine for two counts of fraud.
He was also sentenced to 18 months in jail on each count, suspended for four years on condition that he not be convicted of fraud again.
Brown was convicted in April after admitting to misrepresentations he made on investments entrusted to him by Mantadia Asset Trust Company and the Transport Education and Training Authority.
The state originally laid 192 charges against him.
The Western Cape High Court denied the state’s application for leave to appeal Brown’s sentence, but the NPA decided to petition the SCA.
The fine imposed on Brown sparked outrage from various sectors.
The Financial Services Board said at the time that it will not deter white collar crime, while the National Union of Mineworkers echoed these sentiments.
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