An Eastern Cape ANC bigwig accused of dodging Nelson Mandela’s funeral fund has failed to convince the judge in his case to back down.
Pumlani Mkolo, the suspended chairman of the region Dr. The party’s WB Rubusana, requested the resignation of Judge Igna Stretch.
The charges against him and nine others relate to the procurement of goods and services for memorial services following the death of the former President in December 2013.< /p>
Among those sitting with Mkolo in the Makhanda High Court dock are former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba, former Buffalo City Speaker Simon Ndzele, former Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha, former Deputy Mayor Themba Tinta; and former Buffalo City supply chain executive Thembelani Sali.
On April 22, Mkolo accused Stretch of bias after saying she was “unwilling to accept further requests for an adjournment of the trial.”
According to the affidavit, during an exchange with Ncitha’s attorney, Stretch said, “What concerns me is that this is a serious matter time is. We all know this is a serious matter. The media is there. They believe it is a serious matter.
“It has been eight months since the final indictment was served, and the defendants are taking opportunity after opportunity to make last-minute excuses as to why the trial should not take place go on. Prima facie, I believe this is a delaying tactic.
“It is a mockery of the rule of law. It makes fun of the justice system. It makes a mockery of President Mandela’s funeral and the corruption that appears to have been going on at the time, and I think people should start taking that a little more seriously.”
Stretch said she did “leaning backwards: to accommodate [Mkolo] and his co-defendants.
“In my view, this motion is unsupported by either the facts or the context and appears to have been drafted in haste without due consideration .”
She denied the motion for rebuttal and said the trial would continue in Bhisho on Tuesday.
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