The bail application for Mbusi Bhengu, allegedly implicated in the Vodacom banking fraud case, was withdrawn in the Johannesburg commercial crime court on Friday.
Bhengu had applied for bail previously but wished to have it withdrawn with the possibility of taking it up in the future, said his lawyer, Elize Gey van Pittius.
The case was postponed to 20 October when he would appear with his co-accused, Mbokodana Khoza.
The state alleges that the two men formed part of a syndicate that stole millions of rands from clients of all four major banks — First National Bank, Standard Bank, Absa and Nedbank, as well as Capitec Bank.
Most of the clients were defrauded after their banking details were stolen by the syndicate through a method known as phishing — the acquiring of sensitive information such as passwords, by masquerading as a business in electronic communication.
Bhengu, 28, is accused of committing banking fraud of about R8m while Khoza is accused of using his position as a Vodacom engineer to defraud R1,8m from customers. — Sapa