The unexpected postponement of the trial has however triggered divergent reactions from people.

According to court details, the  rape trial of controversial pastor Timothy Omotoso has been postponed pending the outcome of a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision on his application for Judge Mandela Makaula’s recusal.

Omotoso and his co-accused, Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho, made a brief appearance in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth.

“All the papers are in order and before the Supreme Court of Appeal, we are simply awaiting the decision of the judges of that court at this stage,” defence advocate Peter Daubermann told the court before proposing the postponement.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Tshepo Ndwalaza told journalists afterwards that the lawyers should have submitted original documents, not copies.

Ndwalaza said the defence team was experienced enough to know the correct procedure.

“This is a clear delaying tactic which seeks to prolong the case,” charged Ndwalaza