Road-rage: Man to find closure

2016-02-18 06:00
 Sonwabile Jakuja

Sonwabile Jakuja

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The South African National Civic Organisation has commended the role played by the media towards the arrest of three white men, accused of severely beating a black man in Cape Town last year in an apparent road-rage attack.

The trio were granted bail when they appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates court on Monday.

“We hope that the trio arrested last Friday after an extensive manhunt will receive the harshest sentence to communicate a strong message against racist hooliganism,” SANCO national spokesperson,Jabu Mahlangu said.

Mahlangu singled out eNCA for broadcasting footage of the incident and Cape Town newspapers for publishing pictures of the suspects following SANCO’s appeal.

“The breakthrough attests toour earlier assertion that not all whites harbour racial prejudice or support racism.

We had, from the onset maintained that had the case been prioritsed and resources deployed towards mobilisation of communities,an early arrest would have been effected,” he said.

He expressed hope that justice will ultimately be served to restore public confidence in the criminal justice system and for Sonwabile Jakuja to find closure.

“We hope that the breakthrough in the Jakuta investigation has reminded police that partnership with communities is key to fighting the scourge of crime,” Mahlangu underscored.

According to eNCA footage showed earlier, Jakuja was attacked in Cape Town on June 2015 by three unknown assailants in the Table View area.

They initially stopped in front of his car in the early hours of the morning, before getting out, and proceeding to punch, kick and beat him.

He was left injured and unconscious on the side of the road and spent seven days in ICU.

Jakuja has been waiting for more than six months for police to make a breakthrough in the case, despite CCTV footage showing the attackers’ faces.

In the interview with eNCA, Jakuja had said that he felt let down by the police, and believes the attack was racially motivated.

“In Cape Town, if you’re a black person there is nothing that can be done [for you],” he claimed.

The case continues in Cape Town Magistrates Court.

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