Dramatic scenes unfolded at the Protea Magistrates Court on Wednesday with the magistrate presiding over the Palesa Madiba murder case lashing out at the accused for failing to have a lawyer present at his court appearance.
Magistrate Zweli Zwakhe warned Dumisani Mkhwanazi that the court wouldn’t tolerate any more excuses preventing proceedings from getting under way.
The matter was postponed to next week Wednesday.
The magistrate was visibly annoyed with Mkhwanazi, who presented himself to the court without a lawyer.
Zwakhe warned Mkhwanazi, who is accused of murdering Madiba and disposing of her body, that the court wouldn’t put up with his behaviour for much longer.
He said it was suspicious that Mkhwanazi didn’t know his lawyer’s name and after a four-hour delay, police couldn’t get hold of him.
Gauteng National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said they shared the magistrate’s frustration.
“He warned the accused firmly about his failure to secure legal representation up until this date. The court indicated it cannot delay the matter indefinitely,” she said.
Mkhwanazi said he didn’t understand why his lawyer wasn’t in court after he was already paid.
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