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Cape Town bus driver's case delayed

2013-01-30 13:49

Cape Town - Sentencing procedures of a bus driver convicted of causing the deaths of 23 people were delayed in the Cape Regional Court on Wednesday morning because his lawyer was absent.

Siza Nonama, 41, was convicted of culpable homicide after he lost control of a bus and it overturned, killing 23 people, in De Doorns in May 2010.

On Wednesday, prosecutor Willem Tarantal read out a letter from Nonama's lawyer Thabo Nogemane explaining that he could not represent him as he no longer had a Fidelity Fund certificate.

Every attorney in the country had to obtain this certificate every year to practice law. Judge Bruce Langa stood the matter down to allow Nonama to apply for Legal Aid.

A short while later, the case resumed and Wimpie Strauss came on board as Nonama's lawyer.
Langa postponed the matter until February 27 to allow Strauss time to prepare.