Bryce Moon appeals fine as father mourns victim

2013-04-23 00:00

IF you have money in South Africa you have a licence to kill and get off lightly. So says distraught father Pinas Mpofu.

Mpofu was reacting to the sentence of a R60 000 fine or two years’ imprisonment imposed on former Bafana Bafana footballer Bryce Moon by the Randburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Moon was found guilty of culpable homicide on April 12 for the death of Mpofu’s daughter, Mavis Ncube (25), in 2009. His licence was suspended for six months.

“My dissatisfaction with the court decision will not bring my daughter back, but I feel that in this country there’s different treatment for different people,” said Mpofu. “In my case, I think the fact that we are Zimbabweans played against us.

“What justice system lets someone off the hook so lightly after such a tragic incident?

“My family is battling to cope given that my daughter contributed financially. I had to take her son out of school as I have other children and family members to support.”

The boy, who is in Zimbabwe, passed Grade 12 last year, earlier than expected because of his outstanding performance, said Mpofu.

Moon knocked down Ncube while driving at high speed in Sandhurst, Johannesburg, after a Bafana Bafana party.

She had been walking to work at about 6 am when she was struck by Moon’s Mercedes Benz.

She died later at the Morningside Clinic.

Asked yesterday how he felt about the court verdict, Moon told The Witness: “It’s not over yet. I have instructed my lawyer to appeal the verdict.”

In an interview with eNCA yesterday, his lawyer, advocate Narend Sangham, said the case had been complainant-driven from day one and his client had not been given a fair trial.

The news channel reported that Moon had paid R20 000 of the fine and that the appeal against the conviction and sentence would be heard on May 2.

Moon was originally charged with murder, attempted murder, drunk driving and reckless or negligent driving.

He was acquitted of these charges, and charged instead with culpable homicide after the test results of blood samples taken after the accident were reported to be inadmissible.

Mpofu told The Witness that he would not take the matter lying down. “Once my head cools I’ll seek legal advice,” he said.

Ncube’s employer, Greg Turner, said the outcome of the case and the way in which the state had carried out the investigation were disappointing.

“The fact that Moon’s blood test results were not admissible shows that the investigation was not proper and that the parties involved did not follow due process,” he said.


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