Accused’s cases postponed when advocate didn’t pitch

2019-09-05 06:01

The case of a man facing two charges, of public violence and common assault, after being arrested and allegedly found to be in possession of a petrol bomb, has been postponed to next week.

Thulani Tayela (30), who denied possessing the petrol bomb, appeared in the Strand Magistrates’ Court, along with Mkhululi Slatsha, who was charged with intimidation, theft and trespassing.

Their arrest came a few days before the bombing of Ikhwezi Clinic in Nomzamo at the end of May.

Through his lawyers, Tayela told the court he would plead not guilty to the public violent charge.

When the two accused appeared in court on Wednesday 28 August, their advocate, Daniel Zantsi was not in attendance.

A stand-in magistrate postponed the case “for the last time” due to the absence of their legal representative during the court proceedings.

Slatsha told the court he had spoken to Zantsi, who told him he was on his way, but he did not pitch.

The court heard the police investigation is complete.

The matter was postponed to Wednesday 11 September.

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