NPA unhappy with Ractliffe acquittal

2011-06-15 15:19

Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority is disappointed at the acquittal of former Nelson Mandela Children's Fund trustee Jeremy Ractliffe, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.

"We will request a written copy of the judgment, study it and see what avenue to explore," said Mthunzi Mhaga.

Ractliffe was found not guilty on a charge of possession of uncut diamonds in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

"The court is [of the] opinion that the State has not proved its case. Mr Ractliffe, you are not guilty of this charge," Magistrate Renier Boshoff said.

International model Noami Campbell testified at The Hague war crimes tribunal last year that she thought it was former Liberian president Charles Taylor who had given her a bag of diamonds, which, it was argued were "blood diamonds".

Campbell said she was given the uncut diamonds after a charity fund-raiser in South Africa in 1997, also attended by Taylor.

She said she handed the stones to Ractliffe who was at the time chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

He said at the time he took and kept three small uncut diamonds so that Campbell would not get into trouble.

Ractliffe handed the stones to the police on the same day that Campbell testified at the war crimes tribunal.

  • sobeit - 2011-06-15 15:27

    This man should never have been prosecuted, I wonder why the NPA was so hellbent on pursuing this? There are many much more serious matters that they should be pursuing.

      onetickie - 2011-06-15 15:32


      Francois - 2011-06-15 15:39

      Why not? Are only certain crimes to be investigated and prosecuted? Can you specify those? What about you putting forward your address and let the people rob your house and then you don't press charges. Blood diamons at least have blood on them?

      Mswati - 2011-06-15 15:52

      No white must be prosecute in this country so says sobeit

      SexyTshepo - 2011-06-15 15:55

      do you know where blood diamonds come from??? people have been raped, butchered and killed for these diamonds.... and this ratcliff is/was obviously involved in smuggling these dimaonds.... i hope the NPA will pursue this man and audit his bank accounts.... you will find dirt on this man if you persist.....please dont give up on convicting this thug.... give him to us we want him we want to deal with this ratcliff rubbish

      S knot - 2011-06-15 16:45

      The only dirt they will find on his hands tshepo is after he has touched you.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-15 17:57

      sobeit - every matter is serious - if what ur saying is right then shabeer shaiks case should not have been investigated. He didnt murder or hurt anyone right? Same logic you're using.

  • Steen - 2011-06-15 15:27

    Cases that involves whites must be handled by Blacks visa versa

      DW - 2011-06-15 15:32

      Only if cases by blacks are handled by whites. And if we can impose the death penalty when appropriate. Then the scum who ruin this country will be dealt with once and for all.

      Steen - 2011-06-15 15:37

      Get a life DW or migrate

      DeonL - 2011-06-15 16:06

      Why must everything be about race, do not devide us brother. The day we stop thinking race before anything else, is the day we go start building a better SA.

      S knot - 2011-06-15 16:46

      And what about us coloureds?? Geeze now I know how zebras feel.

  • Bosj - 2011-06-15 15:56

    Good day my country men and women. Justice has been served. Respect the judiciary please. Judges are learned men and women with experience behind them. If the NPA feels there was miscarriage of justice, they can appeal. Please be proud of your country for once, we are all equal before the law.

  • Rikhogrande - 2011-06-15 16:02

    If only he was black so we can accuse him of having connections with the ANC and having exercised them to get out of going to jail...

      Tamzien - 2011-06-15 16:16

      So true!

  • PMG - 2011-06-15 16:06

    Can these fools at the NPA ever win a case ,they are totally useless.

  • York Hunt - 2011-06-15 16:18

    He's got an uncle in the 'furniture business'...

  • sobeit - 2011-06-15 16:24

    Sure he should have been investigated, during the course of the investigation it should have become clear to the NPA as to whether or not he needed to be prosecuted. I would think that blood diamonds can only be construed as such if they are sold to buy weapons, not when they are kept locked up in a safe to protect the Mandela charity and then handed over to the authorities. If any evidence existed in regard to blood diamonds I very much doubt he would have beem acquitted.

  • Ed - 2011-06-15 18:04

    NPA - don't be disappointed, get your act together.

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