Judge Mandela Makaula has recused himself from the Timothy Omotoso rape trial.
PORT ELIZABETH - Judge Mandela Makaula says the decision to recuse himself from the Tim Omotoso rape trial, were in the interest of the trial.
Omotoso, and two others, are on trial for a range of crimes, including rape.
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Their lawyer, Peter Dauberman, claims his clients felt Makaula was overlay sympathetic to witnesses, especially first state witness, Cheryl Zondi.
He'd approached the Supreme Court of Appeal, to have judge Mandela Makuala recused from the trial.
Makaula says he is not a director of any company.