South Africa: Mother Drives for Two Hours to Murder Trial - but Western Cape High Court Postpones All New Matters to 1 June

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The mother of a murdered school teacher drove two hours from Swellendam to the Western Cape High Court to attend the murder trial of the man accused of killing her daughter. But the trial was one of nine postponed by the court.

The trial of 26-year-old Philip April, accused of murdering Sederberg Primary School teacher Allison Plaatjies on 27 October 2020, was one of nine matters postponed by the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

All advocates defending matters in the court received a note saying: "Please note that no judges will be allocated to any new matters during April and May 2021.

"All new matters must be postponed until 1 June 2021. During April and May, the focus will be on finalizing existing parts of heard matters."

An advocate waiting to have a matter heard, Johan Solomons, said the postponements were due to "a large number of new cases that have not been allocated yet".

Ivonne Plaatjies, the mother of murdered Allison Plaatjies, said looking at pictures of the mutilated body of her daughter had deeply upset her. (Photo: Vincent Cruywagen)

On Monday morning Allison Plaatjies' mother, Ivonne Plaatjies (58), with activist Billy Claassen and a family member, Maggie...

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