Eastern Cape lawyer Zuko Nonxuba – facing fresh charges of fraud amounting to R45m – has been granted R50 000 bail by the Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court.

A Daily Dispatch report says Nonxuba is accused of fraudulently suing the Eastern Cape Department of Health for millions of rands for non-existent medical negligence. The payment of the R45m was interdicted by an investigation of the Special Investigating Unit and the department.

The charge sheet said Nonxuba used three disabled children to sue three provincial hospitals for R15m each, claiming their conditions were caused by negligent nurses and doctors.

The children were, in fact, born at their homes, the charge sheet states.

The court appearance comes after Johannesburg-based lawyer and co-accused Nzimeni Deda – who is his employee – handed himself over to the police’s provincial Organised Crime Unit earlier in the day.

Deda was granted bail of R2 000.

Nonxuba is facing a similar case in the Eastern Cape High Court (Mthatha), where he stands accused of using two disabled children to authenticate his fraudulent claim to the tune of R30m. That case was postponed to 8 October. He was released on bail of R80 000.

Magistrate Eras Venter postponed the latest case to 2 September.

The report adds in November 2017, Nonxuba admitted to the Eastern Cape High Court (Makhanda) that he overcharged a severely disabled client to the tune of R4m for his Road Accident Fund claim.

Full Daily Dispatch report