The case in which a Durban woman's pants were torn off, after which she was paraded in public half-naked and her house burnt down was postponed in the Umlazi regional court yesterday.
The four accused have pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The trial was postponed when the defence discovered that the state had added three additional charges against Thulani Cele, his brother Sibusiso, Sitha Nzuza and Wiseman Mzotho.
Reading out the charges in court, prosecutor Arthi Sookraj said the Cele brothers faced charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, indecent assault, crimen injuria and malicious damage to property.
Sibusiso Cele is further charged with assault.
All four now face additional charges of intimidation, malicious damage to property and incitement.
They are accused of stripping off 25-year-old Zandile Mpanza's pants last year, parading her around Umlazi's T-Section half-naked and then burning down her home.
Residents said she had broken a ban placed on women wearing pants in the area.
Lawyer for the accused, Lawrence de Klerk, asked for a postponement, saying he was not ready to proceed.
"I was not informed of the additional charges. I walk into court and hear these charges for the first time. I only knew of five and the defence is only prepared for the five charges, not eight."
He said if the trial was to continue, it would be unfair to his clients.
"I'm in a very difficult position. I don't think it's fair for me to be pressured to continue with this."
Magistrate Martin Prinsloo asked the prosecutor why the defence was not informed of the additional charges.
Sookraj said the state could put as many charges "as it sees fit" against the accused.
"With the change of prosecution, nothing stopped the defence from attaining that information," she said. "I didn't see it as a duty to notify the defence."
De Klerk said: "The prosecutor should inform us if there is any change to the state's document."
The case will resume today. The four accused remain in custody. - Sapa