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Nelspruit - A muti murder case against four men was postponed in the Nelspruit Circuit of the Pretoria High Court on Wednesday.
Lawyer Coert Jordaan, for the four accused, told the court the case was not ready for trial, a Sapa correspondent reported.
The accused, businessman Floyd Mokoena, 63, his son Sydney Toto Mokoena, 38, and two of Sydney's friends, Justice Ndubane, 33, and Simon Nkosi, 37, were not asked to plead to the murder of Clarence Austin Brown.
“My clients cannot plead to this incident as we are still without the missing documents. I have met with the prosecutor and we have reached arrangements for a new date to begin trial after we would have received all the outstanding documentation,” Jordaan told the court.
Judge Mmonoa Teffo asked the State prosecutor to provide the defence with the missing documentation before trial was set for March 17 next year.
Speaking outside court after the postponement, the victim's mother Gladys Busisiwe Mokoena, criticised the State for dragging the case on since 2009.
“The accused's attorney, Mr Jordaan, has been asking for the same documentation since the matter came to court. My son died very brutally and we are still in pain as the accused have been released on bail and are walking free in public,” Mokoena told reporters.
Mokoena said the family was still traumatised and wanted closure.
“We are tired of being played by the State by delaying the trial. It has been a long time since my son got killed but still no justice has taken its course,” Mokoena said.
According to Mpumalanga police spokesman Colonel Leonard Hlathi, who spoke outside court, the four are accused of kidnapping Brown on February 23, 2008 as he was on his way home from a tavern around 2am.
Brown, who was related to the two Mokoena accused, was allegedly offered a lift in a Toyota Venture, and killed in the vehicle.
One of his testicles, his nipples, part of his brain, and bones from his legs were removed - to apparently be used as muti to strengthen businesses belonging to one of the accused.
His body was then thrown onto the road in Oakley, allegedly to create the impression he had been hit by a car.