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'Killer' wants second judge off

By unknown | May 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thozi Manyisana and Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Thozi Manyisana and Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

The man charged with murdering the Eastern Cape premier's former chief of staff, Simphiwe Mgoduso, wants the presiding judge in the case to be removed.

Bonisile Gray, 48, said he wanted Judge Yusuf Ebrahim, of the Bhisho high court, removed from the case because he was biased. He did not elaborate.

If Ebrahim is removed, he will be the second judge to be removed from the case.

Judge Xola Nyangiwe had previously recused himself from the case after Gray claimed the judge was related to a state witness.

Gray allegedly stabbed Mgoduso to death after he accused him of having an affair with his wife, Boniswa Qaga. Qaga is a state witness.

"I have been very lenient in accommodating the defence," said Ebrahim.

Ebrahim was commenting after the defence lawyer, Mandlenkosi Jozana, told the court that he was not ready with the application to have Ebrahim removed.

Jozana said he "only started representing Gray this week".

He said he was in a "difficult position" because Gray had not given him any reasons why he was applying to have the judge removed.

Ebrahim postponed the trial to September 10 "for the last time".


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