Another postponement in artist's murder trial

2016-02-03 11:58

Cape Town - The case against acclaimed artist Zwelethu Mthethwa has again been postponed, this time because an interpreter has fallen ill.

On Wednesday, the Western Cape High Court postponed his trial to Thursday. Judge Patricia Goliath urged the State to ensure an interpreter was available for Thursday’s proceedings after Mthethwa's lawyer William Booth expressed concern over the delays.

Mthethwa, facing a murder charge, made a brief appearance on Monday where the matter was adjourned until Wednesday, to allow forensic pathologist Dr Linda Liebenberg to study documents she received only the night before.

The painter and photographer has pleaded not guilty to kicking 23-year-old sex worker Nokuphila Kumalo to death in Woodstock on April 14, 2013. 

Kumalo died of  blunt force trauma. The State alleges that CCTV footage captured the artist stopping his black Porsche 911 Carrera near Kumalo in the early hours of the morning she died.

According to the prosecution, footage shows Mthethwa getting out of his car and “repeatedly kicking her and stamping on her body with booted feet”.

Mthethwa was out on R100 000 bail.

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