Proceedings at the rape trial of Nigerian Pastor Timothy Omotoso and two co-accused started on Monday with the defence, informing the court that two of the accused out on bail were reluctant to pitch up, though later did so.
Defence counsel Peter Daubermann has also asked judge Mandela Makaula to recuse himself.
EWN reporter Shamiela Fisher says the judge has dismissed the application by the defence to recuse himself.
Saying that the application has no merit and he will give a reason in his final judgment.— Shamiela Fisher, EWN Reporter
She adds that the defence said the judge needed to recuse himself because he (the judge) had wished Cheryl Zondi luck for her upcoming exams. They are arguing that it is clear from the manner in which the judge addressed her showed that he was sympathetic to her.
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