The trial of rape accused, pastor Timothy Omotoso will continue in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Monday.
The court will hear arguments in Omotoso’s legal team’s application for the declaration of a mistrial. The team is accusing state prosecutor, Advocate Nceba Ntelwa, of coercing witnesses to commit perjury.
Omotoso and co-accused Zukiswa Sitho and Lusanda Sulani are facing over 90 charges related to sexual offences and human trafficking.
The application by Omotoso’s attorney, Peter Daubermann, was brought about by an alleged email exchange between advocate Ntelwa and his colleague, advocate Ishmet Cerfontein.
In the emails, Ntelwa allegedly asked witnesses to withhold crucial information and commit perjury. Cerfontein served as prosecutor in the case for a short stint before recusing herself.
He also allegedly asked Cerfontein to ignore additional charges as they will impact the case negatively. The emails are in possession of the defence team.
The state has filed opposing affidavits.
In November last year, Omotoso was denied bail by the High Court.
Pastor Timothy Omotoso back in the Port Elizabeth High Court this week