Johannesburg - The trial of alleged coup plotter Elvis Ramosebudi was postponed at the Johannesburg Magistrate's court after his legal representative said he was caught offguard with the new alternative charge which has been added to the indictment.
Ramosebudi is accused of plotting to assassinate senior South African government officials thought to have benefited from state capture.
The 33-year-old Soshanguve man has been charged with incitement to commit murder and the State has added incitement to commit conspiracy to murder to the charge sheet. His legal representative Mpesi Makhanya pointed out that they were unaware of the additional charge and felt like they were being ambushed.
"We were only furnished with the charge sheet last week Friday, from there, we had concerns on how we are going to proceed," he told the court on Monday.
Makhanya said they needed ample time to go through the charge sheet and consult his client on the new developments.
"It seems like the State is not sure of the charge they want to charge the accused with. One would also recall that before the accused could apply for bail, I think there were amendments of about two or three charges, clearly that indicates the State is in a fishing expedition as far as the charges are concerned," Makhanya said.