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Ex-mayor loses murder appeal

2013-07-30 21:07

Johannesburg - The North West High Court in Mahikeng has dismissed an appeal by former Rustenburg mayor Matthew Wolmarans and his former bodyguard, Cosatu said on Tuesday.

"Cosatu North West welcomes the outcome of [an] appeal of the accused in the murder of Moss Phakoe, passed by a panel of judges yesterday [Monday]," said Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesperson Solly Phetoe.

"Cosatu has always believed in the country's justice system and said we would comment after the appeal case had been heard by the high court."

Wolmarans's former bodyguard Enoch Matshaba was sentenced to life imprisonment last year, after the court found he had pulled the trigger and killed Phakoe in the driveway of his Rustenburg North house on 14 March 2009.

Wolmarans, then an ANC North West provincial executive committee member, was sentenced to 20 years for masterminding the hit.

The two men were granted leave to appeal against their convictions and were released on R100 000 bail each in May pending the outcome.

"Cosatu hopes that the judgment brings some relief to the family of comrade Moss and that the sentences will be instituted quickly," Phetoe said.

Comments
  • Son OfSoil - 2013-07-30 21:17

    Good news. The murderers must go to jail. Can you now go for sharks not only the small fishes in the pond.

  • proudlysa - 2013-07-30 21:45

    That is how the ANC deals with their "opponents"... Dark days ahead seeing that they are going to lose a lot of support due to corruption. Thlokwe is a case in point. Democracy? My backside

  • Baleseng Moos - 2013-07-30 22:00

    at last justice is being done there is no one above the law let these monsters rot in jail.

  • John Nkulu - 2013-07-30 22:06

    Just-ice has been served!

  • Ntokozo Biyela - 2013-07-30 22:17

    That is justice, hope this is a lesson to other comrades. However, it is also amazing the way political parties seem to be bias in other court decisions, Tlokwe case is unfortunate

  • Jan Brand - 2013-07-31 05:14

    What a cleaver ideate, get it for yourself. Most probably think you are above the law.

  • Oupa Moga - 2013-07-31 05:24

    I waited to c on whether our justice system will b so linen to murderes. But yes indeed it was not, we as people from Rustenburg accepted court desition wil c his followers will b disappointed especially those in power of Rustenburg Munic and current bogus Bojanala ANC REC

  • Siphiwe Mbewe - 2013-07-31 07:47

    Let him go and rot in jail where he definitely belongs, no one is going to miss him or the stupid parties he use to throw at the face of his blindfolded supporters. He thinks he is clever and our justice system is a "Popeye" ,who is laughing now? Hahahaha.........

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