The first witness in the Timothy Omotoso rape trial – Cheryl Zondi – is announcing whether she will re-testify following the recusal of presiding judge Mandela Makaula.
Judge Makaula’s decision to recuse himself last week is understood to be relating to the ownership of a guesthouse where some of the state witnesses in the trial had been accommodated.
His wife’s company runs the guesthouse. Makaula said his recusal was in the interest of justice.
This means Zondi would have to re-live her trauma and re-testify in the trial.
During the her testimony at the beginning of the trial – Zondi broke down on several occasions while testifying how Pastor Omotoso raped and sexually assaulted her from the age of 14.
She also faced gruelling cross examination from Omotoso’s lawyer Peter Daubermann leading to a public outcry.
Daubermann had previously pushed for Makaula’s recusal accusing the judge of bias.
The case will be back in the Port Elizaberth High court on the 30th of July.
The televangelist faces 63 main charges and 34 alternative counts, which include human trafficking and rape.
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