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Tycoon's trial delayed again

By unknown | Apr 21, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

The much-awaited attempted-murder trial involving a Mpumalanga businessman was again postponed in the Temba Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Despite the court ruling that the trial of Solly Madileng, a Marapyane tycoon who allegedly shot his wife seven times when she dumped him in 2007, would resume, it was postponed to June 3.

Madileng has been accused of using delaying tactics. In January he pleaded with the court to give him "one last chance" to be represented by a lawyer.

But yesterday he told the court that he had failed to pay his lawyer and asked for a postponement of the case for "one more time". His plea was granted.

His wife, Maki, 42, told Sowetan yesterday how painful the delay made her feel.

"I can't believe that the trial has once again been postponed.

"The law is killing me. Or is it because something underhand is going on because he is rich?

"My case has been postponed for more than 15 times now because of one reason, his lawyer being absent," she said. Madileng, 50, was arrested five days after he allegedly shot Maki and threw her out of a car on August 7 2007 when he had visited her while she was staying at her parents' home after she had moved out of their matrimonial home.

At the time, Madileng was out on R5000 bail for a different case. He is now out on R4000 bail for the attempted murder.

Madileng was charged with kidnapping and beating up Ephraim Makitla, whom he accused of stealing from his shop. Both cases have since been combined.


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