The case of robbery against Western Cape Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros’ son Lwazi Mzito was on Wednesday once more postponed by the Khayelitsha Regional Court because he lacks the funds to appoint his own lawyer.
Lwazi Mzito (19) together with his co-accused Lubabalo Fongoqa (21) face two charges of robbery, and one of being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, are also on trial for rape in a separate case.
Both have pleaded not guilty in both cases.
The absence of Mzito’s legal representative in court on Wednesday marked the third lawyer who had abandoned him due to lack of payment.
Magistrate Gaynor De Wee said the case was postponed until December 17 in order for Mzito to consult with his attorney, and apply for Legal Aid if necessary.
Mzito was arrested with four other suspects after allegedly approaching a parked car and robbing the driver and his passengers of their cellphones and R3000 in cash on July 6, 2008, before assaulting the driver and fleeing in his car.
The car and another vehicle, a bakkie stolen outside a church in Kuils River on the same day, were found outside a house in Mandalay which Mzito shared with two other people.
Four suspects, including Mzito, were arrested for the crimes.
The two other co-accused have since been acquitted. – West Cape News