Bees goes free, will pay widow

2011-09-10 00:00

BLUE Bulls prop Bees Roux, who has been called a “gentle giant”, walked out of the Pretoria high court a free man yesterday.

Roux (28) entered a plea agreement in connection with the death of Tshwane traffic officer Sergeant Johannes Ntshimane Mogale (38) in August 2010, in terms of which he pleaded guilty to culpable homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol.

He was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, suspended for five years.

Roux must also deposit R750 000 into the bank account of Mogale’s widow, Margaret, before September 16.

Judge Nomonde Mngqibisa-Thusi, who approved the agreement, asked Mrs Mogale in Sesotho if she is satisfied.

She answered that she had been consulted, it had been explained to her and she is satisfied.

The agreement said Roux was on his way home from a bar near Loftus stadium in his white Volkswagen Polo at 1.40 am on August 27, 2010.

In Schoeman Street, Mogale and two Metro police constables pulled him over.

Roux said he admitted to Mogale that he had been drinking.

He was not “scheduled” to play a rugby match and felt he could take a break from his strict exercise and diet regimen.

Roux said Mogale took a bottle of whisky he had bought earlier from his car and gave it to the constables.

Mogale took his place in the Polo’s driver’s seat, with Roux in the passenger seat.

His wallet containing credit and debit cards was in the car, and he believes Mogale must have stolen it, because later it was missing.

Another man is on trial for using Roux’s bank card.

Roux said Mogale abducted him and repeatedly, aggressively, demanded his bank card PIN code, saying that if he didn’t give it, “I [Roux] would be f***ed up”.

Roux said he was bewlidered and very scared. When he saw the N4 highway in front of them, Roux said Mogale said, “Now we are going to f*** you up”.

Roux said he wanted to render Mogale harmless and gave him several blows to the side of the head and face with his right elbow.

Mogale then jumped or fell out of the moving car.

In the street, Roux punched Mogale repeatedly, picked him up from the ground and threw him down.

Roux said he realised he should have stopped the assault sooner, but he had never been so upset and confused and continued beating Mogale until he was no longer a threat.

He said he shouted for bystanders to call the police, and pleaded with Mogale to “wake up”.

He said that although he had been drinking, he could tell right from wrong.

Richard Taukobong, the Mogale family’s spokesperson, said outside the court that life must go on and the Bible says people should forgive. He said Roux has shown signs of sympathy and remorse.

Taukobong said no one can judge Mogale on the basis of allegations made in court.

Mogale was not corrupt, he said. But he added it doesn’t matter what people think of Mogale, as only God can judge him.

James Adams, Roux’s spokesperson, said Roux was just trying to defend himself. “It could happen to anyone.” He said Roux is not racist, and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

THE Mogale family are in dire financial straits, and while he can play rugby and earn money from it, Bees Roux will help them, his lawyer said yesterday.

Lawyer Rudi Krause said the plea agreement followed a long and emotional meeting with the family at which forgiveness was sought and given.

Richard Taukobong, the family’s spokesperson, said the meeting lasted six hours.

“It is not about money”, he said.

Money cannot bring his “brother” back.

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