THE trial of alleged "Sugarcane" serial killer Thozamile Taki, 38, and his co-accused, Hlengiwe Nene, 38, continued in the Ramsgate high court yesterday after a two-hour delay.
The delay was caused by the recording machine being out of order. The proceedings were scheduled for 10am but started at about noon.
Taki, who pleaded not guilty at a previous appearance, faces 13 accounts of murder. He allegedly tricked women into believing he was an employment agent. Nene faces conspiracy to rob charges.
On Monday Taki's lawyer, Thulani Shange, asked the court to relieve him of his duties, claiming he had not been paid. Judge King Ndlovu promised to investigate.
The case, which is a trial within a trial, resumed with the summoning of witnesses to testify on the events of September 2007.
Shange argued that his client was forced to cooperate with police but Inspector Reginald Houston - who drove the car that Taki travelled in on the day he allegedly pointed out the various places where he had hidden victims' bodies - testified that Taki cooperated out of his own free will.