Snags in Krejcir trial lead to postponement

2015-04-13 14:11


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Johannesburg - The trial of Radovan Krejcir and seven others implicated in a plot to kill Colonel Nkosana "Killer" Ximba and forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan hit several snags in the High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Two of the accused, Welcome Nkanyiso Mafunda and Mike Grigorov, were not present in court.

According to prosecutor Lawrence Gcaba, this was because the previous magistrate had mistakenly written that the two needed to be returned to court on May 13 instead of April 13.

As proceedings got underway in the absence of the two, Simon Senosi, representing Owen Serero and Zodumo Biyela told the court he was withdrawing from the trial.

Senosi, who received instruction from Victor Nkwashu, said he had been informed that the two had not paid for their services.

Serero told the court that he was unhappy with the services that had been provided by Senosi.

He wanted to find another legal representative. He opted to go apply for legal aid.

Biyela, however, told the court she had been dropped at the last minute by her lawyer.

"My lawyer informed me on Saturday that he would no longer be representing me. I never knew that I owed him money," Biyela said.

"He just sent an email... saying that he will no longer be representing me. "

She told the court that to date, she had paid Nkwashu R25 000. The numerous postponements, however, had resulted in the funds she had paid being depleted.

Biyela said she wanted to appoint another private attorney to represent her.

Her cousin stood up and informed Judge Geraldine Borchers that they needed about two weeks to find another lawyer.

Piet du Plessis, for Krejcir, told the court that he was not pleased with the postponement.

He explained that Krejcir and his co-accused, Siboniso Miya, had another trial which was expected to continue in the High Court in Johannesburg later on Monday and it was unacceptable for this matter to simply be postponed repeatedly.

"What is happening here is totally unsatisfactory. This matter was set down for trial today and this is totally unacceptable," du Plessis said.  

"This matter is not trial ready in any form. It cannot surely be tolerated in any manner.

"It is unacceptable that the legal representatives withdraw on the first day of the trial. Where has the discipline gone? "

Borchers noted Du Plessis's frustration.

She agreed to postpone the matter until Friday to establish the whereabouts of the two absent accused.

She also instructed Biyela to be present so she could inform the court on her progress in obtaining legal aid. 

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