Maqubela: Proposed sentences too lenient

By Drum Digital
25 March 2015

The sentences a social worker recommended for convicted killer Thandi Maqubela may be seen as too lenient and bring the administration of justice into disrepute.

The sentences a social worker recommended for convicted killer Thandi Maqubela may be seen as too lenient and bring the administration of justice into disrepute, the Western Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.

"I certainly think that it would challenge whether the administration of justice is working," social worker Arina Smit said when asked about her recommendations for a wholly suspended sentence or periodic imprisonment.

During cross-examination, prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gamwo had asked Smit, a defence witness, how society and the family of slain acting judge Patrick Maqubela would feel about the sentences.

Smit had said the sentences would not be seen as favourable because human beings wanted to see another being punished.

Judge John Murphy asked whether he could impose such sentences if it rocked faith in the justice system.

"No, that is not possible," Smit conceded.

She said she had recommended the sentences because she wanted to challenge society's perceptions of how rehabilitation could take place.

Source: Sapa

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