Judge recuses himself from Omotoso rape trial, matter postponed to July

2019-03-15 10:26
Rape accused preacher Timothy Omotoso. (Supplied)

Rape accused preacher Timothy Omotoso. (Supplied)

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WATCH LIVE: Judge recuses himself in Omotoso trial

2019-03-15 10:03

The rape trial of pastor Timothy Omotoso is set to resume in the High Court in Port Elizabeth. Judge Mandela Makaula has recused himself from the matter.WATCH

Judge Mandela Makaula has recused himself from the rape trial of controversial pastor Timothy Omotoso.

This comes after Omotoso's lawyer Peter Daubermann previously pushed for the recusal of Makaula, accusing the judge of "being biased" following the testimony of the first witness, Cheryl Zondi.

It also emerged at a later stage that certain witnesses were allegedly being accommodated at a guest house owned by Makaula.

The trial may have to start afresh, The Citizen reported.

Makaula rejected the defence's applications for leave to appeal a ruling dismissing their bid for his recusal twice last year, citing that here were "no reasonable prospects of success" on appeal.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed Omotoso's bid to have Makaula recused as the judge presiding over his trial in December last year.

The SCA also rejected an application to have the charges against Omotoso quashed, News24 earlier reported.

ALSO READ: SCA dismisses Omotoso's bid for judge's recusal, trial to proceed

The 60-year-old pastor and his co-accused Zukiswa Sitho, 28, and Lusanda Sulani, 36 are facing 97 charges which include rape and human trafficking.

The matter has been postponed to July 30.

Judge-President Selby Mbenenge will be presiding over the matter.

More to follow.

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