The trial of the man linked to the murder of Naledi Chaka (4) is now scheduled for November.
The suspect, a professional nurse, has been in custody since his arrest in Thaba Nchu in 2019. The state has turned down his application for bail.
According to Phaladi Shuping, spokesperson for the Director of Public Prosecutions, the trial is provisionally set to be heard on 4 November in the Thaba Nchu Magistrate’s Court.
The suspect has appeared in the same court since July 2019 following his arrest in connection with the death of Naledi. He faces charges of murder and kidnapping. A third charge, that of rape, is pending due to DNA results being awaited.
The child’s body was discovered by police in a pit toilet in the suspect’s yard in Selosesha, Thaba Nchu, days into an intensive search after her parents had reported her missing on 21 July 2019.