A Western Cape High Court judge has not yet been allocated to preside over the murder trial of millionaire businessman Jason Rohde, it emerged on Friday.
Rohde, dressed in a smart suit and tie, heard this when he appeared for his pre-trial conference in the High Court.
Prosecutor Louis van Niekerk said they would like to have a judge allocated as soon as possible.
“There are issues to be raised that only a trial judge can decide on,” he told Judge Nape Dolamo.
His trial is set to start on October 9.
“We are working hard to ensure that the trial can start on the ninth,” Rohde’s lawyer Daniel Witz said.
Rohde, the former CEO of Geffen International Realty Franchises, is accused of killing his wife Susan in their hotel room at the upmarket Spier Wine Estate on July 24, 2016.
He was released on bail of R100 000 and R1m surety in August 2016.