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BACEDE, MTHANDENI HIRE 5 LEGAL EAGLES

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MBABANE – Five legal eagles will be joining hands in defending former Hosea Member of Parliament (MP) Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and former Ngwempisi MP Mthandeni Dube.

This comes after two more advocates were hired to work with Advocate Jacobus Van Vuuren, Senior Lawyer Ben J Simelane and Mhlengi Mabuza. The trio was yesterday joined by Advocate Bashni Rowjee and Advocate Myron Dewrence from South Africa. The two former legislators were convicted of contravening the Suppression of Terrorism Act and two charges of murder. The two senior counsel came at a time when the matter was due for submissions on extenuating circumstances if there are any, by the Crown. It will then go for mitigation.
Rowjee and Dewrence were first seen at the High Court when they arrived with Van Vuuren and Mabuza yesterday morning. The quartet was later joined by Simelane.

Chambers

The prosecution then agreed with the defence team that the new advocates were to be formally introduced to Judge Mumcy Dlamini in her chambers. Upon their return from the judge’s chambers, the defence spent a few minutes before the former MPs were brought into the courtroom. The new advocates went straight to the former MPs before they could sit down. They shook hands with them and were then joined by the whole defence team and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) representative Rahim Khan. It then appeared that both parties agreed that the matter be adjourned to today, so that the former MPs could have enough time to instruct their defence. Those who were in court to give the former MPs moral support learnt about the adjournment from Mabuza. He told their supporters that both parties had agreed that the matter be adjourned to today, so that they could have enough time to give the defence the whole picture of the case.

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