State didn't initiate Bees Roux deal

2011-10-21 17:39

PretoriaThe state did not initiate the deal that saw former Blue Bulls rugby player Jacobus "Bees" Roux being ordered to pay R750 000 to the family of the metro police officer who was killed in a fight with him in August last year.

The National Director of the Public Prosecutions, advocate Menzi Simelane, said on Friday during a lecture at the University of Pretoria that Roux had contacted metro police officer Sergeant Ntshimane Johannes Mogale's family and initially made an offer of R250 000.

This was then increased to R750 000 and according to Simelane the wife of Mogale had written to him asking him to accept the deal.

Roux was charged with the murder after beating Mogale, 38, to death.

The incident took place after Mogale apparently pulled Roux over for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

Roux said in an affidavit placed before court during his bail application that he had assaulted Mogale while defending himself against theft and attempted robbery by Mogale, and that he would plead not guilty to a murder charge.

Simelane said that his office had simply requested that R750 000 become an order of the court in case Roux reneged on his offer to the family.

Roux, he said, was happy for it to become an order of the court.

Simelane said the biggest difficulty for the prosecution was whether to pursue a case of murder against Roux.

State witnesses had told police that the moment Roux had noticed that Mogale was no longer moving he had sought to assist him and called an ambulance.

“His behaviour suggested someone who did not have intention [to murder]. So our own state witnesses that we were going to lead [in court] to prove a [murder] case against him were arguing a [culpable homicide] case that we weren’t arguing.”

He said that it would have been difficult for the state to successfully argue in favour of a prison sentence for Roux on a culpable homicide conviction.

Apart from the R750 000 being an order of the court, Roux was given a five-year suspended sentence on charges of culpable homicide and drunken driving by Judge Nomonde Mngqibisa-Thusi.

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-10-21 18:08

    Whatever. As long as he’s back on a rugby field so that he can deal with another corrupt official – Bryce Lawrence.

  • Chris - 2011-10-21 18:12

    It is tragic that the true story will never be known in this case, with the available information it's difficult to form an opinion as to whether Bees Roux was justified in defending himself, or if he was indeed the aggressor guilty of at least culpable homicide.

      Grant - 2011-10-21 18:43

      Come on Chris. Do you honestly think that if Bees was really guilty, he wouldnt be spending the rest of his life behind bars? A white man murdering a black COP out in the open for all to see... and then walks free? If the evidence even remotely suggested his guilt, he would be behind bars. A dirty cop got on the wrong side of an over-reaction... simple as that.

      Vusi - 2011-10-21 18:49

      @Grant. I still find the outcome of this case amazing. Then why are the 2 traffic cops that pulled Queen Winnie off the road travelling at 169 being suspended. Double standards all over the place. The Bees case was probably better swept under the carpet, but how many other people just pay the cops to stay out of jail, guilty or innocent?

  • aiazmir - 2011-10-21 18:12

    This is just another example of the ANC promoting a divide and rule policy promoted through their puppet, Julius Malema. Promote violence. Promote hatred. Promote injustice. Promote partiality. We the People know this is not so and doesn't have to be so. Do not be divided by this policy. We are all South Africans. Police officer Sergeant Ntshimane Johannes Mogale's death is tragic and saddens me, but it is the result of promotion of divide and conquer by the ANC. They have launched a violent attack on ordinary South Africans, by their attach on our collective psyche.

      Levett - 2011-10-21 18:32

      You still dreaming of a Rainbow nation ... wake up

      Van - 2011-10-22 00:03

      I'm still to see a rainbow with black in it.

  • Vusi - 2011-10-21 18:38

    @Levett. I fully agree. The police are as corrupt as the government and everybody is on the bandwagon. I just sometimes silently sit and wonder when all of this is going to crash. You see foreign investors are shying away from us, so they are all stealing from the same pool of money, which means at some point they will be stealing from each other.

      Levett - 2011-10-21 18:49

      To quantify investor confidence in SA look at this graph. Gold price increased threefold while JSE gold index remain virtually unchanged. This means that the international community is not the ANC's friend anymore. So this will crash when countries start to impose sanctions on SA to force the ANC (that has gone mad) back to international standards for democracy.

      Vusi - 2011-10-21 18:57

      @Levett. I have bad news for you. Africa's definition of democracy is a whole different kettle of fish, than the rest of the world. In Africa, like for instance our neighbour, ONE guy gets to free the nation and he then buys a jet and all the trimmings, and the rest starve. If they vote against him, he just shoots them. Ala Gaddafi, and the list goes on.

      Levett - 2011-10-22 10:54

      No one cares about Africa's definition of democracy. Bad news for you is that SA is a negligible country in international terms so the ANC is just a puppet. Don't move when the strings are pulled and Zuma ends up like Gaddafi

  • Jackie - 2011-10-21 18:41

    ja, its very ironic that bees went to the bank eventually. poignant indeed.

  • Craig - 2011-10-21 18:56

    Why is it that a large portion of Pretoria traffic cops are three times worse than your common thief?

  • Martin - 2011-10-21 19:06

    Die skelm het die verkeerde victim gekies, nou moet die victim betaal.. wtf

  • Fourhundredkg - 2011-10-21 19:57

    Bees will quickly recoup his 750000 in royalties for "Bees Roux latex masks". These masks are guaranteed to stop corrupt metro cops from messing with you...

  • Silvana - 2011-10-22 06:52

    Glad this is over. Wonder who gets a cut of R750 000?

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