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Taxi driver sentenced for assault

2012-12-03 21:04

Johannesburg - A taxi driver who assaulted a homeless man has been sentenced to three-years correctional supervision, says the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Free State regional spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said Aggrey Mojanaga, 38, appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Monday and was ordered to serve his sentence at home, under supervision.

He was found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after being filmed assaulting a homeless man at a filling station in Navalsig.

The video was posted on YouTube.

The court also declared Mojanaga unfit to possess a firearm.

Comments
  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-12-03 21:13

    Like seriously??WTF 3 years correctional supervision, not 3 years in jail ??I saw this man getting out of the taxi and kicking that man so hard I was shocked, this justice system is flawed

      godfrey.welman - 2012-12-03 21:56

      He must be well connected....

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-12-04 01:34

      Godfrey, i don't think he's well connected. I'm sure he's also wondering how he got off that lightly! It's all because we have a prosecuting authority that doesn't give a damn coz the man who got beat up is a nobody in their eyes. I bet you the NPA guys went to sleep well that night. I'd like someone to prove me wrong and tell me that the NPA berated the magistrate for such a light sentence for a serious crime in a country where contact crime is out of control and demanded a review of the sentence by a higher court - hahaha not on your Nelly...they probably just ticked it off as "another successful prosecution" and moved onto the next case.

  • jacques.vandermerwe.140 - 2012-12-03 21:14

    What does that mean? He must sleep at his own home very night for 3 years. If it is the guy that kicked the man in the head for walking in front of his taxi, he should have been sent to jail for 5 years. Period.

  • avremel.niselow - 2012-12-03 21:36

    Correctional supervision is the criminal equivalent of detention. This is far too lenient.

  • mlungisi.botha - 2012-12-03 21:58

    Why the f*ck doesn't the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) appeal this travesty of a sentence? This is a licence to beat up anyone who wrongs you on the road. Send the bastard to jail....O of course, what the hell did I smoke this morning? I forgot the taxi driver just klapped and skopped a homeless man - I thought it was someone important. Who cares about the homeless anyway. I'm sure the NPA has more important things to do than appeal a licence to beat up a homeless person!!! Imagine if the victim was Winnie's granddaugheter or something - the NPA would probably ask for life.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-12-03 22:42

      Agree..even people that abuse animals does not come off this lightly, makes you wonder who he knows or are related to.

  • tshinanne - 2012-12-03 21:59

    How is this punishment for the taxi driver?

  • Noloyiso Ndlazi - 2012-12-03 22:05

    This is really an insult to all South Africans more especially the vulnerable homeless people. I just wonder if the sentence would have been the same if tis was a politician's child/any other average South African. Justice has not been served. The SA law really knows how to protect

  • Noloyiso Ndlazi - 2012-12-03 22:06

    The criminals

  • Erna - 2012-12-03 22:22

    Who is going to supervise him and keep him from having a firearm? One hell of a lenient sentence.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-04 05:11

    FINALLY SOME JUSTICE!!

      tobie.schalkwyk.7 - 2012-12-04 07:15

      A slap on the wrist is no 'justice'!

  • Velile Jonathan Williams - 2012-12-04 05:18

    This makes me sick. There's no doubt that this bloody taxi driver would have gotten a tougher sentence, had he kicked a dog like he kicked the homeless man.

  • jman.maluleke - 2012-12-04 06:05

    Good, what was he thinking at thé time of assaulting that poor guy? A very good exanple to others who takes advantage to homeless people, instead of helping them you assault them. Inhumanity

  • Matewis69 - 2012-12-04 06:21

    So in other words nothing was done to him, tapped on the fingers and sent home. Will probbibly return to work today and carry on as if nothing happened!

  • tobie.schalkwyk.7 - 2012-12-04 07:14

    "correctional supervision" - what is this? How is this going to make him repay for his crime?

  • maropola.nkitsing - 2012-12-04 09:54

    What a joke

  • hugh.olphart - 2012-12-04 11:09

    Well the president is set, you can run a person down, twice and then beat the crap out of them, and get away with it. Sort of makes one wonder how this isn't seen as attempted murder with intent to do grievous bodily harm, since the commies have upped the "capable homicide" to murder in the case of Jub jub?

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