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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)

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