A ROODEPOORT magistrate yesterday lashed out at the defence lawyer of former Orlando Pirates player Mandla "Metroblitz" Sithole for delaying the start of his murder trial.
"I feel somewhat uncomfortable to postpone the case when all the witnesses are here. I hope that when it returns to court we will be able to proceed," said Magistrate John Baloyi.
Sithole, 46, is accused of stabbing to death Thulani Ndlovu of Dobsonville, Soweto, on May 24 after he failed to pay him back R100 he owed him.
Sithole had gone to Ndlovu, 31, to demand his money, but when Ndlovu told him that he did not have the money, Sithole allegedly grabbed him by the neck, took out a knife and stabbed him in the chest.
Sithole is currently Orlando Pirates Legends coach and coordinator. His R5000 bail was extended.
Ndlovu's family said they were disappointed that the trial did not start.
"We thought because the witnesses were all here the trial would start, but that was not to be," Ndlovu's aunt Pinky Rampa said.
Another angry aunt Busisiwe Msibi said: "He (Mandla) will get the punishment he deserves. We believe in God. President Jacob Zuma also promised us that he will lock up murderers.
"This case will be an example. It doesn't matter that he is a celebrity. He will get the sentence he deserves."