News that en­thralled SA

Sto­ries of mur­ders, rape, pupils sex­ual abuse, pas­tor’s ar­rest, cof­fin as­sault case and Pres­i­dent Zuma’s dou­ble blow shock the coun­try

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS - LERATO DIALE ler­a­tod@the­newage.co.za

THE past year brought its fair share of le­gal drama with a num­ber of cases leav­ing South Africans stunned and en­thralled.

Karabo Mokoena an­other statis­tic of gen­der based vi­o­lence.

News of the bru­tal mur­der of Karabo Mokoena shook the coun­try, lead­ing to calls for more to be done to curb the alarm­ing lev­els of gen­der-based vi­o­lence in the coun­try and the pro­tec­tion of women and chil­dren.

Mokoena’s charred re­mains were found in an open field in Lyn­d­hurst in Jo­han­nes­burg in April shortly af­ter she was re­ported miss­ing by her fam­ily and friends.

Her then boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe, 27, was charged with her mur­der.

He has de­nied killing her. How­ever, he ad­mit­ted dis­pos­ing of her body. Mantsoe’s trial has been set for March 15 next year.

The Van Breda case

If truth is stranger than fic­tion then the Henri van Breda mur­der trial is surely proof of that.

Van Breda is ac­cused of hack­ing his both his par­ents, Martin and Teresa, and older brother Rudi to death with an axe. His sis­ter Marli was crit­i­cally in­jured. Al­though she has re­cov­ered phys­i­cally, she can­not re­call the events lead­ing up to the tragedy.

The trial took 63 days and a long list of wit­nesses gave ev­i­dence, among them neu­rol­o­gist Dr James But­ler.

The 23-year-old ac­cused has con­sis­tently claimed that his par­ents and brother were killed by an axe-wield­ing in­truder.

But the state has been pok­ing holes in Van Breda’s tes­ti­mony, high­light­ing in­con­sis­ten­cies in his ev­i­dence. The trial has been post­poned to Fe­bru­ary 2018 Al­leged preda­tor on the loose

News of a 57-year-old scholar pa­troller who is al­leged to have sex­u­ally as­saulted at least 87 pupils at a Soweto pri­mary school was met with out­rage by au­thor­i­ties, com­mu­nity mem­bers and par­ents alike this year

The man was ar­rested and charged with at least three counts of rape and eight counts of sex­ual abuse based on ini­tial state­ments taken from at least 15 pupils at the time.

The man re­mains be­hind bars af­ter he aban­doned his bail bid at his last ap­pear­ance.

The case has been post­poned to Jan­uary 19 next year.

Nige­rian pas­tor’s dra­matic ar­rest Nige­rian pas­tor Ti­mothy Omo­toso’s dra­matic ar­rest fol­low­ing the air­ing of an SABC Spe­cial As­sign­ment TV pro­gramme ear­lier this year caused ma­jor con­tro­versy, with many South Africans wel­com­ing his ar­rest and his loyal con­gre­ga­tion slam­ming the move.

Through­out his le­gal woes, his con­gre­ga­tion has re­mained un­wa­ver­ing in its sup­port for the self pro­claimed prophet.

Omo­toso was ar­rested af­ter sev­eral women came for­ward claim­ing that they had been sex­u­ally abused by the tel­e­van­ge­list.

The Je­sus Do­min­ion In­ter­na­tional pas­tor’s luck ran out in April when po­lice ar­rested him at the Port El­iz­a­beth air­port. This af­ter he re­port­edly twice tried to evade ar­rest by mem­bers of the Hawks and the SAPS.

Omo­toso, 58, is fac­ing 48 charges which in­cludes, among oth­ers, rape, sex­ual as­sault, hu­man traf­fick­ing and con­tra­ven­tions of the Im­mi­gra­tion Act.

He has suf­fered two failed bail ap­pli­ca­tions and is ex­pected to ap­pear in court next year.

Cof­fin as­sault case

Jus­tice pre­vailed this year af­ter two farm em­ploy­ees who filmed them­selves forc­ing a ter­ri­fied Vic­tor Mlotshwa into a cof­fin were found guilty of at­tempted mur­der, kid­nap­ping and in­tim­i­da­tion and as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm.

The case racially di­vided many on so­cial me­dia who la­belled the pair’s con­duct as racist while oth­ers ar­gued that their be­hav­iour was purely crim­i­nal.

The pair were sen­tenced to a com­bined 35 years in jail.

Willem Oosthuizen, 29, was slapped with a 16 year jail sen­tence, five of which were sus­pended, while Theo Jack­son was sen­tenced to 19 years, five of which were sus­pended.

Os­car gets more than he bar­gained for

Con­victed mur­derer Os­car Pis­to­rius was dealt an­other blow when the Supreme Court of Ap­peal in­creased his sen­tence to 13 years.

This af­ter the state ap­pealed his ini­tial sen­tence, say­ing it was too le­nient.

Pis­to­rius has filed papers in the Con­sti­tu­tional Court ap­peal­ing against the 13 year mur­der sen­tence.

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma in court Zuma was this month dealt a blow when his at­tempt to re­view for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela’s State of Cap­ture re­port in the high court drew a blank.

His ap­pli­ca­tion to set aside Madon­sela’s re­me­dial ac­tion was dis­missed.

Zuma suf­fered a sec­ond blow when judge pres­i­dent Dun­stan Mlambo or­dered that he per­son­ally pay the le­gal bills.

PIC­TURE: ROBERTTLAPU

AN­OTHER STATIS­TIC: Crowds of peo­ple gather out­side the court dur­ing the bail ap­pli­ca­tion of Sandile Mantsoe who is ac­cused of mur­der­ing his girl­friend, Karabo Mokoena.

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