Road rage accused to conduct own trial

Kavlin Naidoo's parents Patsy and Dev Naidoo

A heated argument between Khuzwayo and his attorney Brad Osborne outside the courtroom prior to proceedings began on Wednesday ultimately resulted in Osborne’s dismissal. Khuzwayo, is on trial for allegedly shooting Kavlin Naidoo in a road rage accident on November 2014.
Osborne, in addressing Magistrate Muntukhayise Khumalo said the withdrawal was as a result of “ethical clashes and a conflict of interest”.
“For reasons that cannot be revealed in court, we have come to a decision that does not involve me representing the accused. I am stepping back as I don’t want to infringe on his rights,” said Osborne.
In countering Osborne’s statement, Khuzwayo said the reason behind his snap decision was because he felt that his legal team was not following “procedure” and had not included essential information in the closing argument that was to have been presented.
Khuzwayo asked for a 10-day adjournment to prepare himself for closing arguments but state prosecutor Miriam Aboobaker objected, accusing Khuzwayo of using delaying tactics to stall the case.

Accused Thobelani Khuzwayo

“This case is not only about the accused; from November 2014 we are now in 2017. There needs to be a resolution to this case. The accused should not be allowed to abuse his privileges as an accused,” said Aboobaker.
Khumalo denied Khuzwayo’s request for a 10-day adjournment.
“Nothing should delay presenting your closing arguments. Cases should be finalised at a speedy rate, it is our duty as the court,” said Khumalo.
Kavlin Naidoo’s mother Patsy said despite yet another delay she was confident that “justice would prevail”.
Khuzwayo is set to present his closing arguments today (Thursday) and judgement will be handed down on November 15.

Bongeka Sibisi

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