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Church leader's trial drags on

By Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi | Jul 16, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE marathon trial of the International Comforters Holiness Church leader Bethuel Bobo Modise has to come to an end.

His lawyer, Lerato Modise, told the Westonaria magistrate's court yesterday that the case had been going on for far too long.

"This case has been dragging on for a long time. It keeps on being postponed. It can't stand any longer," the lawyer said.

He was responding to a request for yet another postponement by prosecutor Anton Kopper, who said the state could not proceed with the trial because a witness he intended to call was subpoenaed to the Johannesburg high court.

Modise was arrested in April 2008 on a charge of crimen injuria. He had allegedly sent threatening and insulting cellphone text messages to his brother-in-law, Glaton Modise.

Modise said Glaton was using the messages as a ploy to stop him and his wife Jacqueline from claiming what was rightfully theirs.

Modise led a splinter group to break away from the main church, the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, in 2000 after a squabble over the riches of the institution.

He alleged that the late leader of the main church, Frederick Modise, had given him and his wife two Mercedes-Benzes and a share in the millions he left.


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