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Judgment day beckons in Jackey's case

By unknown | Sep 03, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thembela Khamango

Thembela Khamango

The state closed its kidnapping and assault case against Mama Jackey Maarohanye and two others on Friday.

Magistrate David Mhango ruled against the state after the prosecutor in the case failed to postpone "so that a new witness could be called".

Maarohanye, 49, principal of the Ithuteng Trust, Ronnie Nyakale, 34, and Mpho Makhete, 24, are charged with kidnapping and assaulting former student Simphiwe Ncoguthu.

The prosecutor had requested a postponement saying he intended calling a new witness, but the state had problems locating him.

He said the witness had relocated and was reluctant to come forward for fear of being victimised.

Maarohanye's defence counsel, Ike Motloung, opposed the application saying the state had had more than two years to investigate its case and prepare witnesses.


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