Mandla assault case delayed again

PRAISE SONGS: Mvezo chief Mandla Mandela with a few supporters he brought to sing for him outside court in Mthatha yesterday. Picture: LOYISO MPALANTSHANE
PRAISE SONGS: Mvezo chief Mandla Mandela with a few supporters he brought to sing for him outside court in Mthatha yesterday. Picture: LOYISO MPALANTSHANE

MANDLA Mandela’s assault trial in the Mthatha Regional Court took a surprise turn yesterday when the state asked for the case to be postponed because a witnesses had vanished.

Senior public prosecutor Jongikhaya Busakwe told regional court magistrate Noluthando Conjwa that a witness who was scheduled to give evidence during the trial had disappeared.

He asked for time to have the person tracked down.

Mandela’s high-profile defence team of Advocate Colin Garvey and Professor Billy Gundelfinger initially objected to the request.

But Busakwe argued that the state had agreed to previous requests from the defence team for postponements. – Sikho Ntshobane

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