Power outage delays Ractliffe case

2011-06-13 12:44
Johannesburg - The case of former Nelson Mandela Children's Fund trustee Jeremy Ractliffe, who is facing charges relating to the possession of uncut diamonds, was postponed by the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Magistrate Renier Boshoff offered his apologies to Ractliffe for the postponement, which was caused by a power outage at the court.

"Looks like we are in the dark here," Boshoff said.

The court has a generator, but it was not yet fully installed.

Ractliffe's defence lawyer Nicholas Taitz said the postponement was "disappointing". The case was postponed to June 15 for trial.

Ractliffe appeared briefly in the regional court and left the court house immediately afterwards, refusing to comment on his trial.

He was charged with contravening the Diamond Act and was out on a warning.

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