Time runs out for ‘Advocate Barbie’

2010-05-14 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Cezanne Visser, also known as “Advocate Barbie”, has one more weekend of freedom before she must start serving her seven-year prison sentence.

Her application for special leave to appeal her guilty verdict on several charges, including child molestation, was denied by two Supreme Court of Appeal judges yesterday.

Appeals judges Mohammed Navsa and Belinda van Heerden rejected Visser’s application with one sentence: “The application for leave to appeal is denied.”

Visser’s stepfather, Professor Johan Lemmer, commented that she should see herself “as a Nelson Mandela” now.

“Just like Mr Mandela, Cezanne has to go to prison because the system let her down.”

Visser was “shocked, disappointed and in tears” when she heard the news.

When her application was sent to Navsa and Van Heerden on the Wednesday before last, she sent out a prayer via SMS, asking people to pray for the two judges, that they may be “wise” when considering her application.

Lemmer said he feels “bitter and upset, but there’s nothing I can do about it, besides saying the legal system has failed her completely”.

“That’s why I’m saying I want to get the message through to her about Mr Mandela this weekend, so she can go to prison feeling positive on Monday.

“If we have to accept that this is the last weekend she’ll be with us the whole time, I can assure you that we will most definitely be spoiling Cezanne.

“Everything she and her mom [Susan Lemmer] want to get or do, they will get and do. We’ll make this weekend as enjoyable as possible. Cezanne deserves it. She’s a beautiful and a religious woman, unlike how she was depicted during the trial.

“Cezanne’s mother will go with her when she has to report to court on Monday,” Lemmer added.

Part of the drama surrounding Visser was a result of her former lover and co-accused, Dirk Prinsloo, fleeing to Russia in the middle of their trial.

He was later arrested and jailed in Belarus after a failed bank robbery. As soon as he has served his sentence there, he will probably be deported to South Africa, where he will once again have to face the same 11 sex-related charges that led to Visser’s conviction.

 

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