The coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela is prepared to be buried during his funeral ceremony in Qunu, Eastern Cape, December 15, 2013

The defence for the eleven accused in the Nelson Mandela memorial fraud case is accusing the state of withholding crucial evidence.

The said evidence relates to cellphone records which the state is accused of being in possession of for a long time but only bringing it to bear now.

A cellphone expert from Vodacom is expected to testify in the trial in the High Court in Bhisho on Tuesday. The State denies the allegations.

But the latest development in the case has raised the ire of the Judge Igna Stretch. She lashed out against the legal teams for causing further delays.

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