Rape-accused East London attorney to represent himself
A well-known East London attorney, who on Monday fired his SA Legal Aid-appointed lawyer, will now defend himself against charges of twice raping and viciously assaulting his wife after he could not raise the funds to appoint a private lawyer.
Seasoned Legal Aid lawyer Helen McCallum, who arrived at the Makhanda high court fully prepared to run the trial on his behalf, was taken aback when informed minutes before it was due to start that he was expecting his own private lawyer, Danie Gouws, to arrive at any minute.
But it turned out that the R50,000 deposit the accused had managed to scrape together after being recently sequestrated was not enough for Gouws to place himself on record as his attorney.
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