Albinism muti trial: Traditional healer’s second defence lawyer quits

After a two-hour consultation with traditional healer Thokozani Msibi, his lawyer quit.

2021-03-03 10:30:00 PM

After a two-hour consultation with traditional healer Thokozani Msibi, his lawyer quit.

After a two-hour consultation with traditional healer Thokozani Msibi, his lawyer quit.

03 March 2021 - 14:29The three men implicated in the killing of Gabisile Shabane and her nephew, Nkosikhona Ngwenya, in the dock of the high court sitting in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.Image:Naledi Shange/TimesLIVEWhatever came out during consultations between a Legal Aid lawyer and the man alleged to have plotted and carried out the butchering of Gabisile Shabane was enough to make the lawyer make a U-turn on representing him in the case.

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Shabane, a 13-year-old girl from Emalahleni (Witbank) with albinism, was kidnapped at gunpoint together with her 15-month-old nephew, Nkosikhona Ngwenya, from her family home in January 2018.Her body was mutilated and some of her organs, including her genitals, ovaries, arms and head, were removed. Her killing was believed to have been muti-related.

Ngwenya was dumped in a swamp next to the N4 highway.On Wednesday, following a two-hour consultation with traditional healer Thokozani Msibi, lawyer Werner Smit told the high court sitting in Middelburg that his mandate with Msibi had been terminated. He would not disclose the reasons for this. headtopics.com

We were just disagreeing on facts. I tell him this and he tells me something else.Traditional healer on his conversation with his lawyerProsecutor Ntsika Mpolweni expressed his frustration.Mpolweni told the court this was not the first time Msibi had changed a Legal Aid lawyer.

He said he was not sure whether this was a tactic being used by Msibi to delay the proceedings, adding that Legal Aid may not have another lawyer to offer him.Judge Heinrich Brauckmann granted Smit’s application for withdrawal.Msibi maintained he had not fired Smit.

“The first attorney I had, I did not terminate his mandate. At the last proceedings, he said he would attend to me after he had assisted someone else but he never came back to me,” said Msibi.“With Mr Smit, I never terminated his mandate. We were just disagreeing on facts. I tell him this and he tells me something else. He is the one who I said he should tell the court he is not going to proceed with assisting me,” Msibi told the court.

Brauckmann said he hoped Msibi was not taking chances with the court. Read more: Times LIVE »

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