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By unknown | May 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Khanyisile Nkosi

Khanyisile Nkosi

Alleged serial rapist Mongezi Jinxela stunned the Johannesburg high court yesterday when he fired his lawyer after accusing him of not representing him properly.

Jinxela, 39, of Meadowlands, Soweto, is on trial for allegedly raping 65 women over a period of ten years.

The state alleges that between 1994 and 2004 Jinxela approached women in Johannesburg and offered them work at a sport-goods factory.

He allegedly presented himself as a supervisor mandated to find a suitable person to fill a vacancy at the factory.

The state says Jinxela instead took the women to secluded areas where he raped them, some at gunpoint, before robbing them of their belongings.

Jinxela has pleaded not guilty to 271 charges, including 71 counts of rape.

Yesterday Jinxela surprised the court when he stood up and asked that his counsel, advocate Harold Knopp, recuse himself from the case.

After Judge George Maluleke had warned him against this, Jinxela insisted that he wanted to defend himself.

Maluleke then ordered him to proceed with the cross-examination.

But Jinxela excused the witness, saying that he did not have questions for her because he was not prepared.

The trial continues.


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