Growing perception that justice system serves the rich - ANC

2014-12-10 05:10
Shrien Dewani (File: AP)

Shrien Dewani (File: AP)

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Cape Town - The ANC said it has become increasingly concerned that there is a developing perception that the justice system serves the rich.

This comes after the Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso on Monday acquitted Shrien Dewani on the charge of killing his wife Anni in November 2010.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement: “The court`s decision to acquit Shrien Dewani of murder has fed into a developing perception in society that, particularly in recent cases involving gender based violence, our criminal justice system serves the rich and prominent in society rather than protecting the most vulnerable; in these instances the victims who are women.”

He said the perception of "a justice system that serves the rich" is worrying.

“The ANC is calling upon the criminal justice system in its entirety encompassing law enforcement, prosecution and correctional supervision to prioritise the proper prosecution, conviction and correctional supervision in all cases ensuring that our people`s confidence in the system and the judiciary in particular is unshaken,” Kodwa said.

On Monday, Dewani walked free from the Western Cape High Court after a shock judgement saw him cleared him of hiring hitmen to murder his wife in Gugulethu in 2010.
Prosecutors said Dewani wanted his wife killed because he is gay and felt trapped into marriage by family pressures.

Dewani told the court in a written statement at the start of the trial that he is bisexual and admitted having sex with male prostitutes, but said he loved Anni.

Anni’s sister Ami Denborg said the matter will haunt her family for the rest of their lives.

“We waited patiently for four years to hear what really happened to Anni, and to hear the full story of what happened,” she told reporters outside the Western Cape High Court on Monday.
 “We came here looking for the truth, and all we got, was more questions.

 “We just wanted to hear all the events, and the hope of actually finding that out has kept us going as a family.

“Unfortunately, we believe that this right has now been taken away from us. Today has been really, really sad, because we never heard the full story from Shrien."

Dewani left SA on Tuesday on a flight to Dubia. He reportedly flew first-class and was expected to catch a connecting flight to Britain.


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