THERE was drama in the Mapulaneng magistrate's court in Bushbuckridge when a lawyer and a magistrate exchanged harsh words during the appearance of an alleged armed robber and his accomplices.
Magistrate Vicey Marule and lawyer Mpho Mashiloane clashed over why Willies Khoza, 62, Nicholas Mgiba, 34, and Jetro Chauke, 19, were appearing in the Mapulaneng magistrate's court instead of at Acornhoek, where the crime allegedly took place.
Mashiloane said: "The prosecutor in Acornhoek said she would not handle the matter due to personal reasons ." The three men are charged with armed robbery at a Pep store in Acornhoek. Their bail application was refused yesterday and they will appear in court again on Monday.
Marule and Mashiloane also clashed over the state's unreadiness to continue with the bail application "as the men were on the run for other cases".
"It's not fair, the state cannot say it is not ready to proceed because of charges which the accused have not been charged for. Furthermore, the charges referred to by the state involve firearms, which are also involved in this case. That cannot be used as an excuse," Mashiloane said.
"Mr Mashiloane, are you now an investigating officer to know about the further charges?" Marule asked.
Mashiloane claimed he had been reliably informed about the other charges against the accused.