Klofies prosecutor to tackle Reitz 4

2010-07-23 18:11

kalahari.com

Bloemfontein - Senior State prosecutor Johan Kruger, who charged the Waterkloof four, will also lead the prosecution in the crimen injuria trial of the former University of the Free State students, known as the Reitz four.

RC Malherbe, Johnny Roberts, Schalk van der Merwe and Danie Grobler are accused of humiliating five black workers - four women and a man - in an initiation-type ceremony in 2007, which they filmed while living at the university's now closed Reitz men's residence.

The trial starts on Tuesday.

The so-called Waterkloof Four, four teenagers from the upmarket Pretoria suburb, are currently serving 12-year-jail terms for the murder and assault of a homeless man in 2003. They were found guilty in 2005.

Top legal minds

Legal counsel for the UFS students, Christo Dippenaar this week confirmed that defence lawyer Kemp J Kemp would represent the students in court.

Kemp led the defence in President Jacob Zuma's rape trial in 2006 and when Zuma faced corruption charges in relation to South Africa's controversial multi-billion-rand arms deal.

Usually a crimen injuria case in South Africa would not attract two heavyweight legal minds because such a matter involved basic criminal law and was not seen as technically difficult.

However, former North West University lecturer in criminal law Professor Tom Coetzee said the case had made international headlines.

"The matter has had such repercussions that it was in the interest of all sides, the State and the defence, to have prominent law representatives."

Coetzee said the four accused would want the best possible representation and someone with Kemp J Kemp's reputation probably forced the State to appoint someone to match him.

"I do not think it is anything more than that."

Restorative justice

Coetzee said the State also do not want to be seen to be taking the matter lightly by appointing a prosecutor with less experience than Kemp.

The criminal trial followed failed attempts at restorative justice in 2009. The workers indicated they were not interested in such a process and wanted criminal proceedings to continue.

The Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court postponed the matter in 2009 for the process of restorative justice after the students made representations to the provincial director for public prosecutions.

At the time it was said the complainants in the matter Emmah Koko, Nkgapeng Adams, Mankoe Phororo, Sebuaseng Ntlatseng and David Molete did not have to give reasons for refusing mediation.

The Human Rights Commission also started separate legal proceedings against the four students and the UFS in the Bloemfontein Equality Court on behalf of the workers.

Papers filed at the equality court indicate that Advocate Win Trengove would be senior counsel for the applicants (workers) in the matter.
 

- SAPA
Read more on:    ufs  |  johan kruger  |  bloemfontein  |  reitz
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/Music
 

17 photo illusions that look so real

What if they aren’t illusions? What if that dog really has a human foot – then what?

 
 

For chic geeks...

It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
Check out the speed of this robo-cheetah!
New GIF keyboard on iOS for added fun!
Puppy goes crazy over iPad game

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Paarl

Houses R 1 970 000

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Somerset West

Houses R 1 595 000

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Somerset West

Houses R 6 500 000

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Don`t judge so quickly or expect too much, be more accepting and understanding and make space for fun and spontaneity. ...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.