IN an unusual turn of events, the three Legal Aid attorneys defending the five men accused of murdering actor and football player Dumisani Masilela wanted the trial to start immediately.
This was despite the fact that they had not yet received the case docket.
On Monday, the five were still without a lawyer. The case was postponed to yesterday to enable Legal Aid South Africa to provide them with a lawyer.
While this was done this week, the three lawyers had little time to consult with the accused, who were all awaiting trial in jail.
Two of the accused were arrested in June and the other in August.
The State undertook to hand the docket over to the lawyers by yesterday afternoon. The three lawyers said they would study it overnight and they would be ready to proceed with the trial by today.
BONGANI John Masombuka, Sfundo Harrison Nkosi, Khumbuzo Solomon Mukhuba, Brian Makhubedu and Mashudu Malema are accused of murdering actor and footballer Dumi Masilela. |