Before the court are restaurant manager Adam Roy Woest and taxi operator Trevor Basil Theys - on trial for the murders of nine at the Sea Point gay massage parlour last year. The men's throats were slit and they were shot in the back of the head.
On Tuesday the State closed its case, also unexpectedly. They face nine charges of murder, one of attempted murder, and one of armed robbery and a theft charge involving of two firearms. There are also two charges relating to the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
The defence team gave no reasons for closing their case, although they were widely expected by the media to place the two men in the witness box.
Judge Nathan Erasmus adjourned the hearing to 11.30 when State advocate Anthony Stephen was to address the court on the merits of the case. The judge has still to deliver judgement concerning the guilt or otherwise of the accused on all charges.