The case against a basketball coach accused of killing a 12-year-old Hout Bay boy will only go to trial in the Western Cape High Court in November 2022.
Sibusiso Dakuse, a Grade 7 boy at Sentinel Primary School, went missing and his body was discovered among reeds at Kronendal Farm in Hout Bay last year.
Soon after Marvin Minnaar’s arrest for the murder of his basketball student, he made a confession and has remained in custody ever since.
Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe heard from the state that the pathologists were still busy processing the DNA results, which are expected to be made available in February next year.
“She warned the state to be ready and agreed with the defence that it was their opponent’s duty to prepare and make sure the evidence was ready by the next date and that the accused and the defence had a right to be informed of the findings prior to the pre-trial.
Judge Salie-Hlophe then postponed the matter and told Minnaar, 23, wearing a black mask, that his trial was set to commence on 2 November 2022.
Minnar, who kept turning around searching the public gallery, froze when he saw the mom of the deceased, Yonelisa Dakuse, 31, who burst out crying.
“I was shaken, I wanted to see him but seeing him again brings back memories, the bad ones.
“I feel sad because my son’s case is dragging.
“This is not only affecting me.
“My 11-year-old daughter has never healed, she dreams of Sibusiso.”
Sibusiso’s mother Yonelisa Dakuse, 31. Video: Nomzamo Yuku