Johannesburg - The trial of Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir and five others accused of kidnapping and the attempted murder of an East Rand man was postponed by the Johannesburg High Court on Monday, the NPA said.
“The matter was postponed to May 8 due to the unavailability of the judge,” said National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube.
He said the new judge appointed to preside over the matter would only be available from Thursday.
Krejcir and his associates appeared under heavy police guard at the high court sitting in Palm Ridge in the East Rand.
They were escorted from the court by almost 10 speeding police vehicles with sirens.
Krejcir is charged with dealing in drugs, attempted murder and kidnapping, together with Desai Luphondo, Samuel Modise Maropeng, George Jeff Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng and Siboniso Miya.
Luphondo, Maropeng, Nthoroane and Mofokeng were all released on R5000 bail in December.
Krejcir, along with Miya, Zoduma Biyela, Jacob Nare, Mafunda, Nkosi, and Owen Serero are also alleged to have been part of a group which conspired to kill police colonel Nkosana Ximba and investigator Paul O'Sullivan, who had investigated Krejcir.