The start of the trial of the man who killed Pietermaritzburg socialite Kavitha Nerputh was delayed because his attorney was sick.
Simphiwe Mweli (37), appeared in the Pietermaritzburg regional court on Thursday only to be told that his trial cannot proceed. He is in custody having abandoned his bail application last year.
Nerputh was the owner of Foreverwell Tea, a herbal weight-loss tea company in Camps Drift. Her body was found in her Audi Q7 in Alexandra Park on January 20 last year. She had been strangled with a cellphone cable.