Man hugs son's killer

2012-09-11 09:01
Johan van der Walt and Jan Mokoena (Beeld)

Johan van der Walt and Jan Mokoena (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - It was an emotional day in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday when a Gauteng father hugged the man who had shot dead his son.

Beeld reported that an emotional Johan van der Walt, 43, embraced Jan Mokoena after the judge suggested that he personally apologise to Mokoena who had testified about his sorrow at losing his son.

Van der Walt was found guilty of culpable homicide after he accidentally killed Gift Mokoena, 11, who was driving with his father late on the night of 2 June 2007.

Van der Walt was driving with his brother, a security guard on patrol and the brothers thought the other car was trying to hijack their bakkie.

He had fired shots to the front of the car and one of the bullets hit the boy in the chest killing him.

Van der Walt and his brother were acquitted on charges of attempted murder.

“I was found guilty of a thing that shouldn’t have happened. I accept what the court gives me.”

Speaking for the State, Mokoena earlier said that since the 2007 incident, “every time a white person does a bad thing”, his son's death comes back to haunt him.

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