FAKE PAPERS: 11 HELD
They accused the State of delaying tactics and said the accused had a constitutional right to a speedy trial.
But prosecutor Josie van der Westhuizen said it was a complicated case, as the five accused were not only facing charges relating to the murder of Masilela in August last year, they are also facing charges relating to a string of other hijackings.
Van der Westhuizen said there were 71 State witnesses listed to take the stand, although it is doubtful that all of them will be called to testify.
She said she did not know what the agenda was on the part of the defence for wanting the trial to start immediately… without the prosecution being ready.
She pointed out that she had only been tasked with the trial a week ago and that she needed a few days to consult with the witnesses.
Meanwhile, the three lawyers said they wanted to start immediately, but Judge J Letsoalo said that to be able to properly defend their clients, they should first obtain the docket to enable them to exactly see what the State’s case entailed and what was going to unfold in the case.
The judge ordered that resume on October 19.
The accused are Bongani John Masombuka, 34, of Tembisa, Sfundo Harrison Nkosi, 30, Khumbuzo Solomon Mukhuba, 27, Brian Makhubedu, 24, and Mashudu Malema, 31, all of Ivory Park.
Masilela, 29, a actor, was gunned down during an attempted hijacking.
He was shot in Tembisa by the occupants of a black Jeep, which was allegedly hijacked shortly before Masilela was shot.
He managed to drive himself to hospital, where he received surgery. However, he died later that day as a result of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
His alleged killers are facing 11 charges ranging from murder to robbery and kidnapping. the trial AT LEAST 11 people have been arrested in Rustenburg for allegedly producing fake documents, the municipality said yesterday.
Spokesperson David Magae said the group was arrested on Wednesday after a crime prevention team received a tip-off about an operation making illegal certificates at Trans Cash and Carry complex.
“Eleven suspects were apprehended for participating in the illegal act.
“Among them was a wanted suspect linked to business robbery, armed robbery and common assault.
The other suspects were taken to the police station, for a finger print inquiry to check if they are linked to any previous criminal cases.”
One has been linked to a foreign national, alleged to be his accomplice in issuing counterfeit certificates, he said.
One of the suspects led police to a business in Nelson Mandela Drive, where the operation was managed from.
Fraudulent duplication of birth certificates, marriage certificates, FNB bank statements, SAPS police clearance certificates with stamps from Pretoria, traffic registers, Ethiopian and Somalian asylum documents and motor vehicle discs were found at the business building.
“The listed items were declared fraudulent by Warrant Officer Joseph Martin [Cyber Crime Investigation Unit]. The suspects will soon appear in a local magistrate’s court, on a charge of fraud. | African News Agency (ANA), THE University of Limpopo has suspended a Geography lecturer for alleged sexual harassment of female students at the institution.
“The university views these allegations as serious for they compromise the image of the institution and hinders the smooth process of quality teaching and learning,” the institution said in a statement yesterday.
“The Harassment Policy strongly condemns any form of sexual harassment, and any person who feels that she or he has been sexually harassed may lodge a complaint with the management of the university.” | African News Agency (ANA)