More le­gal woes for Moy­ane


The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Cit­i­zen reporter – [email protected]­i­

Ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim, she was al­legedly pushed and kicked in the face.

Tom Moy­ane’s le­gal woes in­creased yes­ter­day af­ter he ap­peared in the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trate’s Court on charges of as­sault with in­tent to com­mit griev­ous bod­ily harm and ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty fol­low­ing an al­leged as­sault on Ler­ato Maila.

The date for Moy­ane’s trial has been set for De­cem­ber 11 on the con­di­tion Moy­ane has no con­tact with the vic­tim or her mother, as well as him not dis­cussing the case with his son, who is a com­pellable wit­ness.

He is be­ing pros­e­cuted by AfriFo­rum’s Pri­vate Pros­e­cut­ing Unit on be­half of Maila, the mother of Moy­ane’s grand­child who was in a re­la­tion­ship with Moy­ane’s son at the time of the al­leged in­ci­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to Maila, Moy­ane Moy­ane, how­ever, be­cause ac­cord­ing to them, there wasn’t enough ev­i­dence.

The nolle pros­e­qui cer­tifi­cate (stat­ing the NPA will not pros­e­cute the charge) was is­sued on Septem­ber 26. This led to AfriFo­rum in­sti­tut­ing a pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion led by Ger­rie Nel.

“It is in­ter­est­ing to note when this oc­curred, Moy­ane was still com­mis­sioner of the SA Rev­enue Ser­vice,” Nel said at the time.

“The NPA’s fail­ure to pros­e­cute Moy­ane is a vi­o­la­tion of its con­sti­tu­tional duty to strive for jus­tice,” AfriFo­rum pros­e­cu­tor ad­vo­cate Elijah Mam­abolo said.

“In fact, it took the NPA nine days to make this de­ci­sion, with­out con­sult­ing the vic­tim. The level of vi­o­lence against women in this coun­try is un­ac­cept­able and the fact that no ac­tion was taken against Moy­ane ... leaves vic­tims of vi­o­lence in the lurch.”

AfriFo­rum spokesper­son Natasha Venter said as long as gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials evaded pros­e­cu­tion due to their in­flu­ence, there could not be equal­ity be­fore the law. “The pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion of Moy­ane is in the in­ter­est of broader so­ci­ety.”

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