Emmanuel Josias murder trial faces two-month postponement

It's understood defence lawyer Tshege Ntake is relocating & has to hand the matter to another lawyer.

Family members of Emmanuel Josias embrace during the slain Mozambican's memorial service in Alexandra, Wednesday 29 April 2015. Picture: Vumani khize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The trial of four people accused of stabbing Mozambican national Emmanuel Josias, also known as Emmanuel Sithole, could be postponed for a lengthy period as one of the defence lawyers has to recuse himself from the case.

A 17-year-old boy was expected to apply for bail in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court today.

His three co-accused are still in custody.

Defence Lawyer Tshege Ntake is relocating to another province and has to hand the matter to another lawyer.

On Thursday, the court heard if Ntake can't manage to travel to Gauteng for the case, there may be a two month postponement.

Magistrate Lucas van der Schyff said it will take up to six weeks before a new lawyer can start preparing for the case.

Josias's family has been waiting for justice for almost five months now.

It's believed Josias was chased, assaulted and killed, allegedly over a few cigarettes.

The court heard how how the group of men took turns attacking Josias.

The Mozambican was killed in Alexandra at the height of xenophobia tensions in April this year.