Defence wants to challenge latest charge in the alleged coup assassin case

Defence in the Elvis Ramosebudi case wants to challenge the latest alternative charges put forward by the state.

 

The defence in the case against Elvis Ramosebudi, who is accused of plotting to assassinate President Jacob Zuma and other prominent South Africans, has requested a postponement to research the latest alternative charges brought by the state.

Ramosbudi appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on 11 September.

The accused is facing two charges of incitement to commit murder with alternative charges of incitement to conspire to commit murder.

Advocate Motebang Ramaili, who is appearing for Ramosebudi, told the court that the defence has a problem with the latest alternative charges on count one and two.

“The defence wishes to bring an application that the said charge does not exist in our law, more so in the legislative or common law. As a result, the defence wishes to do some research in this regard,” Ramaili said.

State prosecutor advocate Johan Badenhorst told the court that the state was ready for trial. He also pointed out that one of the state witnesses had to travel to Botswana on Wednesday and he would appreciate it if the witness could be assisted. Badenhorst also agreed that the matter could be postponed for a day.

Magistrate Collen Matshitse granted the postponement and postponed the matter to 12 September for the defence to bring an application to challenge the alternative charges on the two counts and also for plea and trial.

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