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The trial of the murder accused Hercules Delport has not yet seen the light of day.
Delport appeared before the Modimolle Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 29 June, but the long-awaited trial was postponed yet again, due to the absence of the legal representative for the defence.
The 48-year-old is alleged to be one of two men accused of murdering a man from Tzaneen, Lawrence Makhanzi, more than two years ago.
Severed parts of Makhanzi’s mutilated body, including a severed arm, were found scattered near the Warmbad Dam area in 2015.
Wilson Aphiri, a Bela-Bela municipal employee from the department of water and sanitation, found the limb near a water purification plant at Roodepoort, where he worked.
“I was busy working with a water pump and when I walked back to my car, I saw the arm lying on the ground. I immediately notified the police,” he told The Post at the time.
Further investigations by the Bela-Bela police have since led to the discovery of more body parts, believed to belong to Makhanzi, as well as the arrest of Delport and his late alleged accomplice Clifford Cawood.
Cawood was expected to stand trial alongside Delport but died while in custody at the Kgosi Mampuru central prison in Pretoria last year. The reason for his death remains unknown.
Over the past year, trial dates have been postponed numerous times.
Most recently, the case has yet again been postponed to Thursday, 12 October.
Delport is currently serving a 15-year sentence in Boksburg, Gauteng, for the illegal possession of a fire-arm.
4 months ago 06 July 2017