Delays in rhino poaching case

THE case against suspected rhino horn trader Dumisani Gwala and his co-accused Aubrey Dlamini and Wiseman Makeba has once again been remanded to allow the accused to find new legal representation.

Gwala together with his co-accused appeared at the Ngwelezana Magistrates Court on Friday where the case was remanded to 31 August.

This is not the first time the court proceedings have had to be remanded due to legal representation issues.

The trial of State vs Gwala has been plagued with delays as a number of attorneys have been hired to represent the accused only to drop the case after one or two appearances.

A source close to the Zululand Observer suggested that issues of non-payment are a contributing factor as to why many have dropped Gwala as their client, but this information could not be verified.

At the time of their arrests in 2014, Gwala was believed to have been involved in around 80% of the illegal rhino horn trade in KZN.

ALSO READ: Suspected rhino poaching kingpin back in court

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Orrin Singh

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