In the courts

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A judge's gavel.

A judge's gavel.

JOHANNESBURG - Let's take a look at some of the court cases in South Africa on Wednesday.

Eastern Cape rape case

Two men accused of raping an Eastern Cape woman are expected in court on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old woman says she was raped by three men in September.

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Her mother has admitted to fatally stabbing a third man.

The NPA has dropped a murder charge against the 56-year-old mother.

Polokwane businessman to apply for bail

Murder-accused Rameez Patel is due back in the Polokwane magistrate's court.

The Limpopo businessman is accused of murdering his mother last month.

At the time of the incident, Patel was out on bail for allegedly murdering his wife in 2015.

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His lawyer says police have the wrong man, as his mother had previously been assaulted by a man over a monetary matter.

Patel's trial for the murder of his wife continues in the Limpopo High Court.

Rohde murder trial resumes

The state will call its second witness when the trial of former Sotheby's International Realty CEO Jason Rohde resumes.

He’s accused of murdering his wife, Susan, at the Spier Wine Estate hotel last July.

Rohde claims his wife committed suicide.

On Tuesday, Sotheby's employee Mark Thompson testified.

He was one of the first people at the scene and performed CPR on Susan Rohde.

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He says her body was naked and bruised.

He also questioned Rohde’s behaviour, claiming he didn’t act like a bereaved husband.

Rohde has pleaded not guilty to murder and obstructing justice.

Guatemalan murder-accused Novella back in court

The case against Guatemalan murder-accused Diego Novella is expected to continue in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

Novella is accused of murdering his American marketing executive girlfriend Gabriela Kabrins Alban, after her body was discovered in the room she was sharing with Novella at an upmarket boutique hotel in Camps Bay.

She had been strangled and had suffered blunt force trauma.

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Earlier in the trial, a fingerprint expert testified that Novella’s fingerprint was found on the note. Novella was arrested on the same day, a few hours after hotel staff found Alban’s body.

He has pleaded not guilty and in his plea statement, Novella, who is from a prominent and wealthy family in Guatemala, claimed he had been in an abnormal mental state after having taken hallucinogenic substances.

- Additional reporting ANA