Mandela accused take back recusal application

Lawyers representing several politicians and powerful business people implicated in the Nelson Mandela funeral fraud scandal yesterday withdrew their recusal application against a magistrate set to preside over the case.

No explanation was given in court for the sudden decision announced by defence attorney advocate Mike Maseti, only that “we reserve the right to bring the application at a later stage”.

Maseti is one of seven high-profile East London lawyers representing suspended ANC Dr WB Rubusana regional secretary Pumlani Mkolo, former Buffalo City Metro mayor Zukiswa Ncitha, her former deputy Temba Tinta, former council speaker Luleka Simon-Ndzele, councillor Sindiswa Gomba, senior BCM official Ondela Mahlangu, Viwe Vazi, Dean Fanoe, Zintle Nkuhlu and Nosiphiwo Mati.

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