Mlilo said in circumstances of an “unreasonable delay”, as in this case, the court should conduct an inquiry on when the state would finish investigations.
Magistrate Annemarie van der Merwe granted the state's request for a postponement, saying the state gave an explanation on the reasons for the delay and she was pleased there was an undertaking to expedite the process.
“The court is aware that a four-week postponement is never enough to finalise some of the expert reports.”
She instructed the state to ensure that at the next appearance the outstanding matters were finalised and a decision made on which court would handle the trial.
The partly heard bail application of Mkhatshwa, whose lawyers quit on him at the previous appearance, has been postponed to July 7.
Van der Merwe ordered all three suspects to be assessed by a doctor and any injuries recorded. This after allegations were made by the accused that they had been assaulted by police after their arrest.