JOHANNESBURG, October 5 – Kempton Park model agency boss Dawie De Villiers made a request on Thursday in the Johannesburg High Court to remain a free man until 2018.
“We’d like to be granted a postponement to 22 January 2018 due to the probation officer being diagnosed with breast cancer,” Advocate Riaan Greyling told Judge Namavidi during a brief appearance.
The founder of Modelling South Africa (PTY) was found guilty of rape, sexual assault, sexual grooming, fraud, exposure of pornography to children and access to child pornography in February.
State prosecutor Arveena Persad said there was a misunderstanding as to why the matter didn’t proceed today [Thursday].
The matter was provisionally postponed to 13 October for Judge Cassim Moosa to be available to make a ruling on whether he would be granting the lengthy postponement.
De Villiers’s bail of R15,000 was extended.
Earlier, Pre-sentencing proceedings for the Model agency boss Dawie De Villiers resumed in the South Gauteng High Court on Thursday.
In February, the founder of Modelling South Africa (PTY) was found guilty of rape, sexual assault, sexual grooming, fraud, exposure of pornography to children and access to child pornography.
On September 12, the case was postponed after the judge had to attend to another matter. Sentencing has been postponed several times pending transcripts of the trial.
During the previous proceedings Prosecutor Arveena Persad argued that it was not in the interest of justice to allow De Villiers to continue to be out on R15,000 bail despite being found guilty of rape.
Persad, told the court that she would like to put it on record “that Judge Moosa has requested that the matter be heard at the High Court in Pretoria as he will be dealing with another matter there”.