A Liberian is facing charges of selling young girls for sex, but the way he behaved in the Durban regional court yesterday entertained many in the courtroom.
With a smile on his face, the accused - whose named cannot be released - entered the court greeting journalists and court officials before turning around to wave at the public gallery.
The suspect is accused of contravening six regulations under the Sexual Offences Act and is charged with the sexual exploitation of children.
It is alleged that on June 5 this year, "the accused allegedly received R2000 from a man for arranging the two complainants [young girls] to have sexual intercourse" with the purchaser.
Customers were allegedly paying R1000 for each child.
The two girls in question are aged 14 and 17.
It is further alleged that the accused, who was living at the Stanger Street shelter, had been pimping girls as young as eight.
Investigations into those cases are continuing.
The suspect also faces two charges relating to his alleged illegal residence in South Africa and remaining in the country without a valid permit.
The accused's legal representative, Val Lotan, was not in court yesterday.
Magistrate Anand Maharaj said: "The case cannot proceed. A new trial date will be set."
The matter was postponed to tomorrow.
Causing more laughs in court, the accused then turned and walked briskly towards the exit.
Magistrate Maharaj and a court orderly had to remind him that he was still in police custody and had to go back to the cells. - Sapa