Onlookers keep Mathe cops busy

CURIOUS onlookers kept the police who escorted Ananias Mathe back to prison busy outside the Johannesburg high court yesterday.

CURIOUS onlookers kept the police who escorted Ananias Mathe back to prison busy outside the Johannesburg high court yesterday.

The spectators, some whom said they could not enter the court because it was packed, waited at the court entrance.

Mathe is being escorted by heavily armed police officers after he escaped from prison twice.

The escapes include one at C-Max prison that earned him the name Houdini of C-Max prison.

The onlookers did not lose hope when told Mathe would use another exit.

They ran to the left side entranced and blocked it until they were moved by the police.

One of the onlookers, Caiphus Thankge of Sebokeng, said: "I want to see what kind of a person he is. He does not have a peaceful spirit."

Inside the courtroom, Judge Geraldine Borchers postponed the case after Mathe's defence counsel, Liz Serrao, said that Wickus Coetzee, a psychologist who was supposed to testify, was in hospital.

Serrao told the court that Coetzee was going to testify and amplify the report.

Coetzee's report is to determine Mathe's psychological abnormality and it was ordered after he was convicted on 64 of 71 charges he was facing.

Despite prosecutor David Mothibe opposing the postponement, Borchers said it would be prejudicial to Mathe if she did not postpone the trial.

She postponed the trial to next Monday for an update on Coetzee's medical condition.

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