Duo acquitted of UCT student's murder

2012-07-20 10:05


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Cape Town - Two men accused of killing University of Cape Town (UCT) student Dominic Giddy have been acquitted, the Cape Times reported on Friday.

Zukisani Songwaku and Simphiwe Ngoma appeared in the Cape Town Regional Court on Thursday, where they were found not guilty of stabbing Giddy, 21, in Observatory, in February 2010.

A third accused, Bongani Matano, was acquitted earlier in the month.

Attorney Likhaya Makana, for Ngoma, said the State had too little evidence, that it was circumstantial, and there were too many other possibilities.

Patrick Giddy told the newspaper he wanted his son's killers to face retribution.

"I want what is criminal and evil to be faced with and countered. I want a better society, with good people, not criminals."

UCT said in a statement on Thursday the country had been robbed of a talented individual. Giddy was a third-year social sciences student.

"UCT is outraged that these crimes, like the one involving Giddy, have still not been solved. This feeling is shared by many who have been the victims of crime in South Africa," spokesperson Gerda Kruger said.

She said the university had been working hard to improve the safety of areas bordering its campus.

It had applied its academic expertise by establishing the safety and violence initiative, a research organ, to raise awareness.

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