A CAPE TOWN magistrate put her foot down yesterday when she was told - on the day his trial was supposed to start - that "Travelgate" ANC MP Nyami Booi had run out of money to pay his lawyers.
The magistrate, Michelle Adams, refused to allow attorney Mario Wilker to withdraw from the case, granting him only a one-day postponement to prepare.
Booi, who first appeared in court in February 2005, faces a charge of travel voucher fraud involving about R140000.
His trial was to have started in September last year, but he applied for a postponement then, and again in December, when June 1 was set as the starting date.
About 30 other Travelgate MPs have paid fines after reaching plea deals with the Scorpions. - Sapa