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News24.com | Rameez Patel murder case witnesses skip protection programme

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Polokwane - Key state witnesses in the murder trial ofLimpopo businessman Rameez Patel have disappeared, and their relatives do notknow their whereabouts, a high court heard on Monday.

Prosecutor Mashudu Mudau told

Judge Frans Kgomo in thePolokwane Division of the High Court that this could jeopardise the State’scase against Patel.

The witnesses, both Zimbabweans who were working for Patel,were under a witness protection programme. One was Patel’s domestic worker andthe other was employed in his store.

Both had left the programme because they were notcomfortable with it, and without the investigating officer’s knowledge.

Mudau asked for the trial to be postponed until the witnesseswere found.

Patel was arrested in April last year after he was linked tothe murder of his wife Fatima. She was beaten, strangled and shot in thecouple's rented apartment in Nirvana, Polokwane.

Defence lawyer Tumi Mokoena objected to the postponement,arguing that it would prejudice his client.

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