Farmworkers sentences reduced - report

2012-08-25 12:00

Johannesburg - Three workers who killed a farmer in June 2000 had their sentences reduced by the High Court in Pretoria, according to a report on Saturday.

Judge Neil Tuchten reduced the sentence because the killing was not a farm murder, the Beeld reported.

Dumisani Samuel Zwane, Skhumbuza Richard Ndaba and Mbongeni Isaac Ndaba had killed Gerhard Rabe, 28, on his farm in the Wakkerstroom area on 18 June 2000.

The three were appealing their sentences.

Tuchten said there was serious provocation on Rabe's part, according to the report.

The murder was wrongfully characterised as a farm murder.

He reduced Zwane's sentence from 20 years to 12 years in jail and the Ndabas from 25 years to 15 years.

  • kim.buren - 2012-08-25 12:05

    Spell check. Pleeeeeeeease

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-25 12:51

      Ok. its' Please.

  • max.reynecke - 2012-08-25 12:09

    And I thought murder is murder...this country is seriously sick when you get 12 to 15 years in jail for murdering someone, but then again this is Africa where a human life is worth absolutely nothing.

      walter.tgsa - 2012-08-25 12:27

      Wonder where they got the money from to appeal to the Hight Court, quite expensive exercise, one would think?

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-08-25 12:27

      Agree The judge reasons like an imbecile, Murder is a murder irrespective the victim was a young man who most probably would have been a successful farmer creating work for others and helped feeding the nation in plain a productive law abiding citizen not a criminal no good scoundrel who gives nothing back.

      abdol.goebels - 2012-08-25 12:48

      They pulled a rabbit out of a hat.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-25 12:13

    They were provoked, so they murdered!!!!. Next time they will probably get a reward.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-25 12:21

      Some more budding golfers.

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-25 12:14

    murder capital of the universe, this criminal loving anc and ancyl and its rubbish unions have got to go

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-25 12:21

    Murder / farm murder - what is the difference? Murder is murder!

  • Zahir - 2012-08-25 12:32

    The courts and judges are there to protect the criminals rights

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-25 12:42

    Next appeal will be to the Queen of Hearts....and I will already be looking for a hole back to the real world. The mentality and world-views demonstrated by presumably educated and civilised people holding prominent postitions in SA society is almost undifferentiatable from the mentality of the criminals.

  • dennis.mennis.961 - 2012-08-25 12:44

    Utterly disgraceful. 15 / 12 years for murder when they should have been hanged no matter if it was a "farm murder" or not. WTF is the difference? It's murder! Provocation is not an excuse for murder and is usually two sided anyway. Why is there a distinction between farm murder and murder? This country is up the proverbial pole without a paddle (sic).

      Hugh - 2012-08-25 13:53

      The way I read it they were being rewarded for murder. It could not have been self defense only premeditated. Then again the victim is not around to contradict them

  • gail.rieck.9 - 2012-08-25 12:58

    "Judge Neil Tuchten reduced the sentence because the killing was not a farm murder, the Beeld reported" - Murdering a farmer on his farm = farm murder!!!!!

  • johandebeer - 2012-08-25 12:59

    This is wrong

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-25 13:08

    With the regard the justice system has in this country-Im surprised they didnt let them walk free,get them a flat and throw a house warming party.!

  • paul.buys.75 - 2012-08-25 13:15

    some more voters released

  • bryan.culross - 2012-08-25 13:24

    The article begs the question of how did the murdered farmer allegedly provoke the farm workers? Did he whip them? Or did he possibly tell them he votes DA? (which would be viewed as a provocative statement amongst ANC supporters) Either way the causal effect of provocation is not to be murdered!

  • wilma.meyer - 2012-08-25 13:30

    This is sick these murders will NEVER stop if there is NO consequences for what they do..................back to the death penalty I say, but if you're black you'll probably get away with it anyway

  • jcoetzee1975 - 2012-08-25 13:31

    Ja nee. Its ok because murder has a different meaning if it was provoked. This f-ing country.....

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-08-25 13:38

    I wish I had a better understanding of our judicial system I'm speechless really!!!

  • arcticencounter - 2012-08-25 16:47

    Since when is a farm murder more heinous than any other, according to our legal system? I know that hate crimes are being viewed as very serious and sentences meted out, longer than for "crimes of passion", in other countries in the free world. Here it is just another day in paradise.

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-08-25 17:08

    White people have no chance in this country anymore. Sad to see black people killing white people get sentenced to a measly 12 years in jail. Probably out in 6 years, too. That is what a white head is worth, six years in jail!

      FinalJustice - 2012-08-25 17:39

      I had a vision the other night that our childrens' children will have the appropriate clarity of mind and to leave these primative barbarians behind on earth when 1 day soon we leave for altarnative planetarial destinations. Eventually they'll suffocate in their own vomit. With their bastard lawers as well ...

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-25 17:39

    Murderers NEVER provoke people? Justice transformed at last neh ConCourt? Well done you weak lily livered spineless trash pretending to be elders holding justice aloft!!!!!!!!!!!! Ah,apologies, it all depends on how much Radebe will pay you for transforming justice- not so!

  • richard.turner.7792052 - 2012-08-26 03:28

    Murder is murder correct so what am in missing here?

  • - 2012-08-28 21:48

    Just another way to sweep FARM MURDERS underneath the rug and hide it away from the world ! Dit maak n mens so gatvol

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