Prin­ci­pal crown coun­sel dragged to court while sick

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

PRIN­CI­PAL Mag­is­trate David Khu­malo says Sipho Shongwe’s mat­ter must be dealt with on time with­out any de­lays.

As the mat­ter had been post­poned for dif­fer­ent rea­sons, some rel­a­tives of Shongwe were be­gin­ning to lose hope, how­ever, the prin­ci­pal mag­is­trate brought hope on the speedy con­clu­sion of the case, as he made it a point that it pro­ceeded yes­ter­day no mat­ter what. At first the mat­ter was post­poned when Shongwe fell ill while it was pro­ceed­ing be­fore court. Then it was post­poned again when Shongwe’s at­tor­ney Mnisi was re­ported to be in­dis­posed. Again the mat­ter was post­poned this week when the crown rep­re­sented by Prin­ci­pal Crown Coun­sel Macebo Nxumalo was re­ported to be sick. How­ever yes­ter­day de­spite that Nxumalo in­di­cated that he was sick, the sub­mis­sions were given to an­other pros­e­cu­tor Al­i­son Mkhaliphi, who was able to quickly grasp the ar­gu­ments and pre­sented them to court while Nxumalo as­sisted on the side­lines. The case con­tin­ued and both par­ties made their ar­gu­ments to the end and all that is left now is for the prin­ci­pal mag­is­trate to make his rul­ing. The prin­ci­pal mag­is­trate after hear­ing both par­ties com­mended Mkhaliphi for his ded­i­ca­tion. He said de­spite that he was sup­posed to deal with the mat­ter be­cause Nxumalo was sick and wanted to post­pone Mkhaliphi was able to take over. He com­mended him for be­ing able to go through the pa­pers in a short pe­riod of time.

DIS­AP­POINT­MENT: Sipho Shongwe gri­maces after he had that the out­come of his bail ap­pli­ca­tion will be heard on De­cem­ber 17.

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