The bail hearing of the six men charged with the Gauteng Health Department’s murder of Babita Deokaran has been postponed.
Phakamani Hadebe, Zita Hadebe, Nhlangano Ndlovu, Sanele Mbele, Siphiwe Mazibuko and Phakanyiswa Dladla appeared shortly before the Johannesburg District Court on Tuesday for murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
The men are accused of murdering Deokaran outside their home south of Johannesburg in August .
Deokaran was instrumental in whistling the alleged corruption in connection with the procurement of personal protective equipment against Covid-19 by the department.
The lawyer of the defendant, Shafique Sarlie , said technical difficulties with the court’s audio recorder meant the case had to be rescheduled.
“We were ready to proceed, but the recorder is radioing did not ionize, so we had to postpone the matter. It’s a big disappointment. “
He said the bail hearing was on the 2nd did not work and recorded material cannot be saved on the server.
” The defense came with the suggestion that the court should use the old system of handwritten recording of the proceedings or allow the clerk to burn the audio to a CD Mishaps. We know that minor formalities in criminal proceedings can result in inappropriately benefiting the accused. We have argued that allowing the handwriting or using the disc would be a risky process. ”