Duo acquitted of UCT student's murder

2012-07-20 10:05

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.

  • Robynnekim - 2012-07-20 10:15

    Flipping typical!

      wesleywt - 2012-07-20 10:41

      It wasn't an hour, it was 15 minutes after the murder. They are as guilty as sin. Perhaps we need some community justice on these guys, because the courts are not protecting us.

      robynnekim.els - 2012-07-20 10:52

      Yes but when the communitues in the townships started taking matters into their own hands the goverment turned around and said please dont do that, we are taking care of things! FAT JOKE

      martin.flynn.330 - 2012-07-20 11:09

      I don't understand how these guys got off, surely Dominic's two friends were eye witnesses to the attack... they were with him at the time. As for the community getting these guys, I live in Obz, put pictures of these murderers up around the suburb! Then we shall see.

  • betsy.dorris - 2012-07-20 10:27

    Sad. Sad. SAD!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-20 11:13

    If you don't have justice in a country.... I had expressed my opinion but had second thoughts....but what the one is listening anyway.

      bvniekerk - 2012-07-20 12:03

      Delmas killers of baby and female carer were also acquitted. . . same argument. So sad. . no justice. Killers now walk free to kill.

  • Kamohelo Olifant - 2012-07-20 12:08

    I hate crime doesn't matter on white or black,crime is crime, I hate incompetence police,dats not fair

  • dieter.erxleben.1 - 2012-07-20 13:02

    this is why i think we should all carry firearms. people will be to scared to commit crime if they know everyone is packing a gun

  • Tree Spirit - NORML ZA - 2012-07-21 00:12

    I had the great pleasure of working with Dominic on wildlife conservation projects his uncle's private nature reserve outside of Heidelberg in the Western Cape. He was a wonderful character with a super sense of humour and was pretty much always happy, which left a lasting impression on me. He was very good at assuming the role of peacemaker when disagreements arose. Nothing was too much of an effort for Dominic and he accepted challenges gladly. I still think of him and his ill fate with a heavy heart. Why are these brutal crimes still so commonplace in South African society?!! I am dismayed that these men were acquitted because there was too little State evidence. My warmest regards and sympathies go out to Patrick and the Giddy family.

  • MaNtUlii - 2012-08-10 23:34

    That guy was in my class, I knew him personally. Its a shame these criminals are getting away with murder

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