Parole of convicted wife shooter and mistress killer deferred

2015-09-09 15:28

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Johannesburg - A man convicted of killing his mistress and repeatedly shooting and leaving his ex-wife for dead has had his parole deferred.

This followed his ex-wife being contacted by the department, correctional services department regional spokesperson Ofentse Morwane told News24.

Thabo Mokhele was jailed for 18 years in 2007 for shooting ex-wife Precious Eland over 10 times in March 2005 and killing mistress Mabel Kote while out on bail for shooting Eland.

The Sowetan reported on Saturday that Mokhele was convicted of attempted murder for shooting Eland, and culpable homicide for killing Kote.

Morwane said in Mokhele's case, the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board (CSPB) recommended Mokhele be released on parole on September 28 this year.

During parole considerations, Eland could not be found or contacted to participate in the process, as policy dictates.

"The Parole Board continued with their search to locate the victim and her correct contact numbers were eventually found," he said.

"The victim was subsequently contacted on 25 August 2015."

The board then nullified Mokhele's parole so Eland could participate.

The first appointment with the parole board was scheduled for last week on Thursday, he said.

The Correctional Services Act allowed for an offender's recommended parole date to be deferred if circumstances changed.

The United Democratic Movement Women's Organisation on Monday called for Mokhele's parole to be denied and for the entire parole system to be reviewed.

This was because parole was "not being applied appropriately".

"Once more, the justice system has failed to protect women in this country," secretary general Thandi Nontenja said in a statement.

"How does one get a bail out for serious cases as murder and attempted murder? How many women must die, killed by this monster before justice is served?"

"Justice must prevail; he must rot behind bars and suffer for his actions."

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