Port Elizabeth - The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has dismissed a bid to have Judge Mandela Makaula recuse himself in the trial of Timothy Omotoso.
In addition, defence lawyer Peter Daubermann's petitioning of the SCA to have human trafficking and rape charges against Omotoso dropped also failed, as did his attempt to have charges against co-accused Zukiswa Sitho and Lusando Sulani quashed.
The SCA had stated this week that there was no prospect of success in both applications.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesman, Tsepo Ndwalaza, said the NPA felt vindicated and the trial would be back on track as planned.
The trial is expected to resume on February 4.