Parliament - Minister for Women in the Presidency Bathabile Dlamini and the portfolio committee overseeing her department have objected to the aggressive cross-examination of Cheryl Zondi in the sex crimes trial of Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso.
"The committee and the minister expressed outrage at the particularly brutally inhumane and unnecessary style of cross-examination advanced by the defence counsel, Advocate Peter Daubermann," the committee said in a statement on Thursday morning.
"They jointly agreed that although lawyers possess the obligation to act in their client’s best interests, such burden is subject to the supreme duty of all legal practitioners to the criminal justice system and the court."
“It is the behaviour of council such as Advocate Daubermann, and other insensitive officials of justice, that dissuades survivors of sexual violence from breaking their silence on this psychologically traumatising form of abuse."
Daubermann was targetted by women's rights protesters outside the Port Elizabeth High Court this week after his relentless questioning of Cheryl Zondi, the first state witness in the trial.