Khetheng murder trial postponed due to ailing lawyers
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By Itumeleng Koleile
The murder trial of Mokalekale Khetheng postponed once again after the defendants’ lawyers, Advocates Karabo Mohau and Zwelakhe Mda KC, were declared medically unfit today.
In a trial that was set to continue today, Justice Charles Hungwe was prompted to postpone the proceedings as both lawyers for the defendants’ team were said to be unfit to be before the court.
According to the statement by adv. Kabelo Letuka, on behalf of adv. Mohau, he pleaded with the court to postpone the matter as adv. Mohau did not get any clearance from the health professionals in relation to his Covid-19 results.
Adv. Mohau is representing first accused Thabo Tšukulu.
Additionally, Mda KC, who was meant to represent Mabitle Marina, Haleokoe Taasoane and Mothibeli Mofolo did not show up in court on account that he was declared medically unfit to be before the court.
As per adv. Mokoatle, on behalf of Mda KC, she said Mda is ill and presented before the court a medical certificate supporting her submission.
“It should be made clear to the court that adv. Mda KC has pleaded that his medical history be presented before the court and his right to privacy be treated with respect…his medical condition remains private thus his plea to only have his records given to the judge,” she said.
The medical certificate declared that Mda KC be given leave from July 1 to 30.
As he adjourned the proceedings to Monday, Justice Hungwe said Mda KC will be propelled to give a representative to the three accused if ever he would still be unfit to stand before the court.
Moreover, he said it is imperative that the trial proceeds as the accused needed to know their stand.