Sowetan's Mabu Nkadimeng was surprised when he was called into the witness box in the case against Jackey Maarohanye yesterday.
Maarohanye has been charged with kidnapping and assaulting Sowetan reporter Vusi Ndlovu on February 17 at her school in Pimville, Soweto.
The transport supervisor said he was neither subpoenaed nor asked by anyone to attend the case at the Protea magistrates' court on Tuesday or yesterday.
It is also not clear why the investigating officer was not present while the prosecutor, Victor Mangwane, had expected him and a number of other witnesses.
While Mangwane expected the witnesses, police spokesman Constable Sefako Xaba was surprised that the prosecutor had expected them on Tuesday or yesterday.
Responding yesterday to Tuesday's plea by Jabu Ndlhovu, the lawyer of Maarohanye's co-accused Patricia Molaba Ndlhovu, to postpone the case because none of the state witnesses were present, Xaba dismissed Ndlhovu's assertion that the witnesses were required.
"The court did not specify who the witnesses should be on Tuesday and Wednesday. They told the investigating officer that the journalist was not needed," Xaba said.