Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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The sister of slain toddler Courtney Pieters has been found after she was reported missing on Saturday, Western Cape police have said.
Call centre operator Mortimer Saunders, who was given two life sentences, will only be eligible to apply for parole after he has served the first 25 years of his sentence.
Child rapist and murderer Mortimer Saunders had a history of paranoia about people poisoning him, the Western Cape High Court has heard.
Mortimer Saunders’ behaviour during the rape and murder of Courtney Pieters was "vicious, brutal, inhumane and ruthless", Judge Babalwa Pearl Mantame has said in the Western Cape High Court.
Mortimer Saunders will have to wait until next month to hear whether he will be convicted on charges of raping and killing three-year-old Courtney Pieters.
The man accused of the rape and murder of 3-year-old Courtney Pieters is not going to testify in his defence, and his lawyer has closed his case.
There were no injuries to three-year-old Courtney Pieters' vaginal wall, defence pathologist Dr Segeran Naidoo has told the Western Cape High Court.
The State pathologist in the trial of Mortimer Saunders, accused of raping and murdering three-year-old Courtney Pieters, has been cross-examined in the Western Cape High Court.
The trial of Mortimer Saunders, who is charged with the rape and murder of 3-year-old Courtney Pieters, has been postponed in the Western Cape High Court because the prosecutor remains booked off sick.
The trial of the man accused of the premeditated murder and the rape of Elsies River 3-year-old Courtney Pieters will continue in the Western Cape High Court.
Child rapist and killer Mortimer Saunders has been denied leave to appeal his conviction and sentence.
The Western Cape High Court has sentenced Mortimer Saunders to two life sentences for the rape and murder of 3-year-old Courtney Pieters.
The NPA says it will seek two life sentences for Mortimer Saunders who has been found guilty of raping and murdering Courtney Pieters, 3.
The Western Cape High Court has found Mortimer Saunders guilty of the rape and murder of three-year-old Courtney Pieters.
The actions of Mortimer Saunders on the day he murdered Courtney Pieters was not that of someone who only wanted the three-year-old to become sick, the State submitted in the Western Cape High Court.
Defence pathologist Dr Segeran Naidoo has stood by his testimony that Courtney Pieters was not raped before she was killed.
A friend of the accused who saw CCTV footage taken in the area where Courtney Pieters' body was found identified a man seen "walking with something over his shoulder" as Mortimer Saunders, says a police investigator.
The pace of the trial against Mortimer Saunders, accused of the rape and murder of Courtney Pieters, has been criticised by the defence.
Mortimer Saunders is facing charges of premeditated murder and rape after the toddler's body was found in a shallow grave several days after she went missing.
The trial of the man accused of the premeditated murder and rape of three-year-old Courtney Pieters has been postponed for consultations over further forensic tests done by the State.
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