More legal woes for Moyane
CHARGES: DATE SET FOR EX-COMMISSIONER’S ASSAULT CASE INVOLVING SON’S BABY MAMA
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.”