Beheading accused wants own lawyer

IN THE DOCK: Olwethu Mbalwa, 31, a sangoma accused of murdering a Grade 10 pupil at KwaNikhwe, appeared in court yesterday Picture: LULAMILE FENI
IN THE DOCK: Olwethu Mbalwa, 31, a sangoma accused of murdering a Grade 10 pupil at KwaNikhwe, appeared in court yesterday Picture: LULAMILE FENI
A sangoma accused of murdering a schoolgirl who was found decapitated and with her private parts removed yesterday told the Mbizana Magistrate’s Court that he had no faith in his Legal Aid attorney.

Olwethu Mbalwa, 31, of KwaNikhwe near Mbizana, who faces charges of murder and mutilation, urged magistrate Nombuso Nqwenani to release him on bail so that he could find a private attorney to represent him in his trial.

“I do not trust lawyers from Legal Aid. I want to be represented by a self-chosen attorney. That is one of the reasons that I want to be granted bail,” said Mbalwa.

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