Threats against cleared AB Xuma patroller wrong
The acquittal of Johannes Molefe, the former patroller at AB Xuma Primary School, on charges of sexual abuse of 13 pupils represents the triumph of good over evil, or vice versa, depending on which side of the fence one is sitting.
In acquitting Molefe, the judge referred to the state’s case as a “comedy of errors”. The judge also remarked that the girls were not credible witnesses and were likely subjected to manipulation by teachers and parents.
Molefe attributed the charges against him to infighting at the school, where teachers and parents were at loggerheads with the principal. The principal also testified earlier that parents and teachers did not want her and Molefe at the school. Parents reacted angrily and threatened the acquitted. It would seem they had operated on the premise of Molefe’s guilt.
What needs to be understood is that our courts do not prove innocence, but guilt. It is therefore wrong and unlawful for parents, or anyone for that matter, to threaten violence.