Principal crown counsel dragged to court while sick
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.