David Williams, a police officer, and his wife, Seonyane, who are facing charges of stealing P1 million from the government, on Tuesday appeared before Broadhurst Magistrate Sibanda Ndlovu for mention in their six-year-old case, which started in early 2000 and was adjourned after former Magistrate Banyatsi Mmekwa, who was initially presiding over the case, left for private practice.
After Mmekwa’s departure, there were attempts to get him back to Court to conclude the case but the efforts apparently failed.
Williams had, during the course of the case, applied to the High Court, asking the Court to permanently stay the case on grounds that the state has delayed to prosecute him. The application, however, failed as the Court held that he was also to blame for the delay and that there was not much the state could have done to persuade Mmekwa to return to complete the case.
Assistant Attorney General, Kabo Leinaeng, who will be prosecuting the case, says that after failure to get Mmekwa to continue with the case, the case will come before Ndlovu as a new case and all the witnesses that the state had called initially will be recalled.
“Though the case was heard before by Mmekwa, it will come as a new case before Ndlovu,” he said.