Alleged serial rapist Mongezi Jinxela is now blaming the media for his woes.
During his trial at the Johannesburg high court yesterday, Jinxela claimed that his witnesses, who can testify to prove his innocence, refuse to come to court because they are afraid of being exposed.
"My witnesses do not want to come to court because of the newspapers. They are afraid that their names will be revealed," he said.
Jinxela has been charged with several counts including 71 of rape, 64 of kidnapping, 62 of aggravated robbery and one of escaping from custody.
Yesterday, the accused was scheduled to call two witnesses to testify on his behalf - none of them showed up.
When Judge George Maluleke called on the defence and prosecution to present their closing arguments as scheduled, Jinxela's attorney said he was not ready and needed more time.
The trial was postponed to November 23.