Hate crimes will not be tolerated: NPA

2012-02-01 15:42

Cape Town - The National Prosecuting Authority said the sentence of the four men, convicted of stabbing and stoning 19-year-old lesbian Zoliswa Nkonyana to death, sent a strong message that hate crimes will not be tolerated.

Four men were jailed for 18 years each by a Cape Town court on Wednesday for stabbing and stoning Nkonyana to death in 2006.

Magistrate Raadiyah Wathen sentenced Lubabalo Ntlabathi, Sicelo Mase, Luyanda Londzi, and Mbulelo Damba in the Khayelitsha Regional Court to 18 years each. Four years of their sentences were suspended for five years.

A crowd outside the court cheered, sang, raised their fists and danced when news came that the men had been sentenced.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the sentence sent a strong message that hate crimes would not be tolerated.

No remorse

"We are happy that the court agreed with us that these gentlemen did not show any remorse and had a slim chance of being rehabilitated," he said.

Nkonyana's stepfather, Gladwell Mandini, 45, said: "They did not accept responsibility for what they did and we are happy that when we asked for a lengthy jail term, she [the magistrate] agreed to that."

He said the long court case that saw numerous postponements had been an ordeal for the family.

"It wasn't easy all these times the case was postponed. As the family we have accepted this, but the loss we will not forget."

Jayne Arnoff, a director of the gay and lesbian organisation Triangle Project, said they were satisfied with the sentencing.

"The magistrate said Zoliswa had a right to live openly as a lesbian because that was her own choice," she said.

"She sent out a strong message that we are a diverse society and that we must respect each other's diversity."

  • Bardy - 2012-02-01 15:46

    What about the farm murders NPA? That is a more serious hate crime at the moment, but you are doing nothing about it!!!

      planetdonovan - 2012-02-01 16:04

      pity it took over 5 years to get that message out.

      Myvision - 2012-02-01 16:24

      That's very true Bardy, all racially motivated crimes should be given special attention.

      pdilapiso - 2012-02-01 18:28

      @brady does everything have to be racial? go home & ask for a thinking cap!idiot!!

      Jou - 2012-02-01 21:08

      The NPA only cater to what they define as hate crimes. They are just another arm of the ANC. They speak with forked tongue.

      Irene - 2012-02-01 21:11

      pdilapiso ~ Go back to school. There is nothing racist about Bardy's comment whatsoever. And while you're on your way back to school try getting the chip off your shoulder.

  • procold2 - 2012-02-01 15:54

    no crimes should be tolirated in SA,

  • Stan - 2012-02-01 15:57

    "sent a strong message"? I am not sure about that. But the death penalty would have!

      Sharon - 2012-02-01 16:15

      I agree Stan .........that means nothing to murderers, they get fed, clothed and the right to vote..............not gonna convey nothing

      Willie - 2012-02-01 16:19

      death sentence is not gonna happen in this country unfortunately---not when ANC is still in power

      Irene - 2012-02-01 21:12

      Ja Willie, the ANC don't want to hang their supporters.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-01 21:20

      But the DA will not want its prospective voters hanged too, so a death sentence is a pipe dream

  • Ben - 2012-02-01 15:58

    It might be interesting trying to distinguish hate crimes and to establish if a particular crime falls into this category or not.

      Danie - 2012-02-01 16:27

      Yes... And are ALL crimes hate crimes? One does not commit a crime out of LOVE and RESPECT for the person being affected by the crime!? Ok ok, just kidding - I know what the term means, but as BenS correctly stated, very difficult in some cases to distinguish...

  • Gary - 2012-02-01 15:59

    These comments are not worth the publishing onto the web! Why do poachers get 25years and these guys less. Are animals more important than humans?

  • Mark - 2012-02-01 15:59

    But Rhino poachers get 25 years?! Put these hate criminals away for life.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-02-01 16:00

    No crimes should be tolerated period. 18yrs is not enough!!!!

  • Stan - 2012-02-01 16:00

    "Hate crime... hate crime" I wonder if there is a love crime, I wonder what it would entail?

      planetdonovan - 2012-02-01 16:03

      i'm sure it involves justin bieber

      Bardy - 2012-02-01 16:11

      @ planetdonovan - LMAO!!!

      Pieter - 2012-02-01 18:48

      Crime of passion, Stan.

  • Lemurian - 2012-02-01 16:03

    Eighteen years is not near enough. Selebi got 15 years for taking bribes. If you want to send a message, murder should be life with no parole.

      Rynette - 2012-06-03 07:05

      Nope should be death penalty! Sweet and simple. No more worrying after five years they get back on the street to kill again! Our tax money not spent to keep them fed and alive so they can vote for a useless President who makes sure they get their voting poles at the prisons. Where have you ever heard that? I think we need a new Party with all races that have a bigger and better prospects for our nation!

  • Phumi - 2012-02-01 16:05

    As much as we do not condone the act but we can't help wondering if also the blame can't be placed squarly on the hands of the gays and lesbian communities. So far I have not seen any outreach programme for gays and lesbians in our communities. This thing is new to our people and a proper measure of intergrating them with the community needs to be done or else this will continue happening! I wonder if these reactionary judges considered that or just judged out of anger!

      Tammy - 2012-02-01 16:23

      oh please Phumi. Who do gays have to reach out and explain themselves. Do you reach out and explain to people why you are straight?

      march54 - 2012-02-01 16:28

      Nobody should be required to justify who they are. This is called discrimination. Big NO,NO.

      Anele - 2012-02-01 16:57

      @Phumi please go back to Zimbabwe we don't need people like you here.

      mbossenger - 2012-02-01 21:23

      "This thing is new to our people" - this has to be one of the most ignorant comments ever posted on News24 - against some pretty stiff competition, I might add.

      Warwick - 2012-02-02 08:29

      So BLACKS will continue killing those they perceive to be different. Viva ubuntu viva.

      Patsy - 2012-02-25 21:06

      Phumi, (1) the sooner you realise that there are 3 genders, male, female and gay, the better off you'll be. (2) What other people do about consensual sex is nobody else's business. Gays do NOT choose to be born gay. It happens. It has happened in the past, and it will continue to happen - so get used to it

  • mabandla.magoqwana - 2012-02-01 16:10

    people won't stop doing crime coz they know once they are in jail are being treated like kings and queens with tv's & nice food . they must know that once they commit any criminal activity ther's no special treatment for them .

  • Sharon - 2012-02-01 16:13

    If that was the message you wanted to convey, WHY were they not given a longer sentence?????????? or rather the DEATH SENTENCE

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-02-01 16:15

    They get 14 years after the suspended sentence, show no remorse and this is justice for a cold blooded killing???WTF

  • Tammy - 2012-02-01 16:15

    they won't last 18 years in prison anyway - not with big papa waiting for them

  • Gavin - 2012-02-01 16:19

    except if they're committed by julius herbal enema..

  • march54 - 2012-02-01 16:20

    Over 5 years of delays in the courts and only 18 years in jail does not send a message never mind a strong message to anyone. Justice should be swift and appropriate. In this case 4 men against 1 woman is a very 1 sided fight. N.P.A. Rethink your outlook.

  • Siza - 2012-02-01 16:32

    Mpumi makes a point I have pondered myself. I, in no way entertain the notion that these perps could in anyway be condoned. All I am saying is that there has been a "Closet Exodus", if you want, of lesbians and gays in the townships where I live, Khaya, Nyanga, Gugs Langa etc. The girls and boys congregate sometimes in places where everybody is supposed to enjoy themselves openly. But it appears that some people still hold dubious opinions, or might still be confused about the issue of sexual liberation. This, I think, places vulnerable groups amongst us in danger. At times I found myself creanging at the interactions between the straight and the queer. The situation from my stand point is not yet conducive for free love.

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  • mike.clery - 2012-02-01 16:40

    A "strong message"? 18 years less 4 suspended = 14 years. They'll probably serve a third of that before parole = 4.5 years.

  • Jason - 2012-02-01 16:46

    Wow after 5 years of grab assing and f*cking around they get sentenced, Our Justice System is about as useful as a beach ball with a slow puncture..

  • Arnold - 2012-02-01 18:39

    blah, blah blah f53king blah..again all talk.Start walking the talk,turn words into actions.The criminals are laughing at you.

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-01 18:39

    Good call! Lets also not tolerate shady characters on our justice system and kindly order bhut Menzi not to return to his position as head of the npa.

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-01 18:39

    Good call! Lets also not tolerate shady characters on our justice system and kindly order bhut Menzi not to return to his position as head of the npa.

  • lobbybane - 2012-02-01 18:41

    What do you call the savage murders on white farmers NPA, have you donbe something about that?, or is it just crime and also documented as that to hide the autrocities you the NPA are allowing to happen and carry on at a rate unthinkable that it is not genocide, rated at 6 /8 for SA I think you must open your raccist eyes and do what you are supposed to do, what does NPA stands for do you have a clue, don't think you have a cooking clue, as your comrades, about anything concerning governing a country

  • Alex - 2012-02-01 18:47

    Ooo...NPA all crime should not be tolerated.

  • mike.clery - 2012-02-01 19:12

    18 years? And in other news: "The 25-year prison sentences handed to three rhino poachers..." Now THAT'S "a strong message".

  • Rob - 2012-02-01 23:34

    Gee, the power of words amazes me! 18 years with 4 suspended, down to 14, then comes early release maybe and the NPA crows on about this being a strong sentence. Is it, surely not, and therin lies a serious problem. If the authorities believe that this sentence sends a really strong message then they consider human life to be worth very little

  • Warwick - 2012-02-02 08:38

    What is a "hate" crime? If three white guys beat up a black guy, is that a hate crime? If three black guys beat up a white guy, is that a hate crime? If three straight guys beat up a gay guy, is that a hate crime? If three gay guys beat up a straight guy, is that a hate crime? If white guys break into a black guys house, beat and rob him is that a hate crime? If blacks break into a white person home, beat and rob them is this hate crime? Thousands of farmers have been robbed, tortured, raped, beaten and murdered. Are these not hate crimes? Surly all crime is hatred.

      Sharon - 2012-02-02 09:01

      I agree with u Warwick ........... the ANC is racist and they HATE other people who is not of their culture.

  • Rynette - 2012-06-03 07:02

    NPA makes me laugh! They are no authority on anything!

  • Charnelle - 2012-06-04 18:05

    Justice is served! Send these Sociocentric MotherF@*%rs to jail! Or better yet let the punishment fit the crime. Stoning a poor defenseless woman. Freaking Neanderthals!

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