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The trial of the 86-year-old Mpumalanga traditional healer charged with the rape of 16 minors was postponed yesterday.
Ngudwa Johannes Malinga and his co-accused Lina Busisiwe Zwane appeared in the Middelburg regional court on the first day of their trial yesterday.
But their case was postponed to September because Magistrate BW Mene of the sexual offences court was not available.
Also absent in court were the attorneys of both accused.
According to the prosecutor, Charlotte Malan of the sexual offences court in Middelburg, Mene, who was supposed to preside in the Malinga trial, had other cases.
"He has other cases in Groblersdal set for today," she said.
Magistrate Deon Minnie postponed the case to September 3 and 5 and remanded Malinga in custody while he extended his co-accused's bail.
Two of the victims appeared lost as they arrived at the Middelburg magistrate's court at about 8.30am in the company of their minders.
The boy and the girl later loosened up and began to speak once they were accommodated in one of the offices in the court building.
Malinga and Zwane, 32, are facing a total of 101 charges including rape, indecent assault, incest and common assault.
Malinga appeared relaxed as usual in his long grey coat while Zwane, who was accompanied by a group of women, managed to evade the media with their help.
They formed a mini-laager around her and her face was covered with a scarf.
Malinga is alleged to have raped young girls he had been keeping as sex slaves at his farm in Carolina, Mpumalanga.
He handed himself over to the police on December 21 2006, after he learnt that police were looking for him at his farm.
The victims were at the time aged between four and 15 years.
Every night the girls allegedly paraded naked before him so that he could choose one of them to spend the night with.