'Barbie' wins round 1 in freedom fight

2012-11-30 22:06

Pretoria - Cezanne Visser, the former advocate who became known as "Advocate Barbie", has won the first round of her battle for release from prison.

Visser is presently serving a seven-year jail term for indecently assaulting young girls and women, the manufacture and possession of child pornography, and defrauding a children's home.

She started serving her sentence in May 2010 after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed her application for leave to appeal.

Visser launched a review application in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria after the parole board in August found she was not a suitable candidate for the conversion of her sentence into correctional supervision.

Judge Tati Makgoka on Friday set aside the decision.

He ordered the case management committee to prepare all relevant documentation, including reports by Visser's social worker and psychologist, within the next 21 days.

The parole board was ordered to consider Visser's suitability for recommendation to the sentencing court, for the conversion of her sentence to correctional supervision before 31 January next year.

The parole board ruled that Visser should serve the sentence imposed on her because of the seriousness of the crime, the number of victims involved, the negative impact of the crimes on the community and on her child victims.

The board said Visser had, as an advocate, betrayed less-learned victims, as she had abused her position of trust and "misled poor, disadvantaged children".

Visser's advocate argued she was a "model prisoner" and that the board was biased. She had participated in a restorative justice programme, obtained a certificate in a skills development project, and was appointed as a tutor in adult basic education in English in jail.

Makgoka found the board's decision had been arbitrary and capricious because the decision was made without all the prescribed information being available.

This included updated reports by a social worker and psychologist.

In addition, the views of the victims and their families also needed to be considered.

Makgoka said it was clear the victims wished to exercise their right to make representations and had not been informed of the parole board's sitting.

Access to the victims would be facilitated by an attorney representing two of the young victims.

  • luke.zazeraj - 2012-11-30 22:39

    She was NEVER a proper advocate. She failed her pupilage dismally and was not a member of the Bar. Anyone with an LLB can enrol themselves as an advocate.

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-12-01 07:24

      Who cares, she can represent me.

      luke.zazeraj - 2012-12-01 09:43

      Is that a fact Roger? Best of luck on that one

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-12-01 19:26

      Oh yeah, Roger? So you wouldn't mind her soliciting children for abuse, would you? And if it were your children? Would you still feel the same? No prizes for guessing what part of your anatomy you think with.

      Lydia Benkenstein - 2013-08-20 21:43

      Thought there was something odd about this.

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2012-12-01 02:39

    Let the model prisoner continue with her tuition in prison for the next 5 years.

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-01 03:50

    I just love the way our justice system works. The other day a cop was sentenced 40 years for downloading child porn. This woman sexually assaulted children, and produced child porn and she only gets 7 years. WTF??

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-01 09:49

      I agree! She deserves to stay behind bars and complete her sentence!

      dino.martin.549 - 2012-12-01 10:41

      100% agree

  • audrey.sabag - 2012-12-01 06:32

    Let the sick biatch rot in jail. She is a disgusting pig!!! Who cares about her? What about, what she and that revolting piece of crap she stayed with for so long doing all those terrible things to those young children? Who cares how much she suffers or what she does in jail??? What about what they did to those poor children? How do they live with that for the rest of their lives???? I wish she rots in jail forever!

  • freddy.vanwijk - 2012-12-01 07:12

    One cannot persecute this kind of person forever. She was misled by an ass*ole who is serving time in a Russian jail.

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-12-01 08:29

      Not true. Maybe you should find out more about what happened here. This is not some stupid poppie who did not know what she was doing. She is bright and participated and enjoyed the abuse of kids as much as he did.

      thelma.flynn.96 - 2012-12-01 09:30

      She was still a willing participant. She could have left him and had him arrested. She I is as low as he is

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-12-01 19:27

      @ Freddy - she CHOSE to participate. If she were an ugly slag I doubt you'd be saying that. Or, for that matter if it were one of your children she abused.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-12-01 08:13

    Seven years in prison is a small price to pay for such serious crimes. Remember these kids were subjected to pain and humiliation which they will never rid themselves of. To defraud a childrens home how low can you get. A man has just been jailed for 45 years for possessing child pornography, what makes her any different, same crime. Should she be paroled what message are you sending to the victims of this crime. Under the influence of another person does not sit well with me, she knew right from wrong.

  • KallieHBal - 2012-12-01 08:26

    I'm afraid she and a lot of others will have to pay the price for gthe slip-up last year with 2 of the Waterkloof 4. It is a year later and the other 2 are still behind bars for the same crime. These 2 and high profile cases like Barbie will suffer from this.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-12-01 08:53

    Cant believe all the comments of people actually feeling sorry for this b itch. If I do a crime. I must pay for it, even if somebody persuaded me too do it. I am sure a lot of people would cheer me on if I were to bomb the ANC offices, yet, I should still be punished. Show the victims that there is justice at the end of the day.

      brian.exmachina - 2012-12-01 09:30

      Don't worry, News24 agreed with you and deleted them all. Yay censorship!

  • mandy.robinson.5074 - 2012-12-01 08:55

    One of her victims committed suicide, so she has blood on her hands! If I had to see her crossing a street, my car may just have a sudden brake failure

      truthbetold221 - 2012-12-01 11:52

      lol break failure...and a jammed accelerator

  • truthbetold221 - 2012-12-01 09:18

    Do you guys have kids? If you did you wouldn't even be satisfied by 7 years in jail. Death would seem more appropriate, though not. If anyone touches my kid I'll be the one who goes to jail because I will kill that person, so help me God.

  • thelma.flynn.96 - 2012-12-01 09:25

    Seven years not enough. Still trying to get out PSssssh. This woman ( if you can call her that) should rot in jail. A leopard never changes its spots. She will do it again

  • Antipoaching - 2012-12-01 09:38

    willing participant in the crime, supposedly intelligent and educated.... Barbie, you did the crime now do the time! No Correctional Supervision for offenders who commit sexual crimes against kids.. Once again the Courts are making a mockery of the 16 days of activism...

  • WuXingShou - 2012-12-01 10:06

    Sick evil woman!

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