Traffic cop avoids jail for shooting wife

2012-05-22 22:32

Pietermarizburg - A traffic officer who shot his wife twice in the face during an argument in Pietermaritzburg was handed a suspended sentence of 10 years' jail on Tuesday.

The KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg ordered him to pay his wife R60 000 at a rate of R1 000 a month, and to undergo counselling until discharged by his counsellors.

Judge Isaac Madondo said ordering Lebohang Molefe, 34, to serve jail time would only be retributive and would bring about many disadvantages.

Madondo said Molefe, now divorced, had arranged for an ambulance to be called for his wife, had confessed and co-operated with the police from the time of the crime in April 2010.

He pleaded guilty, showed remorse and offered to pay costs. He had sent family members to visit her in hospital to tender apologies but she had said that she wanted nothing to do with him.

The R1 000 a month would pay towards his wife's counselling and future medical costs.

His wife Londeka told the court that two bullets had penetrated the side of her mouth and exited on the right.

State advocate Suhana Singh said that it was miraculous that she had survived.

Londeka was emotional about her appearance as she could not open her mouth properly and some facial bones had not yet fused.

Molefe said he would ask the department of transport to transfer him to Newcastle to start a new life, away from his former wife.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-22 23:03

    Well N24 you can stop reporting on crime of any sort from now. In the last week we've learned that there is no law that cannot be subverted or ignored.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-23 07:14

      KZN is now an independent state with laws of its own: Taxi drivers are given free reign, cops can shoot their wives, etc. Can't we just send all our criminals there and create a dual paradise - one for scum and one for law abiding citizens.

      Janice - 2012-05-23 07:22

      I agree with the comments above, this is a load of garbage...Free for all in Natal. Thank God I moved to the Western Cape!!! DA

  • lskosana3 - 2012-05-22 23:14

    Now I've heard it all!

  • rlong1952 - 2012-05-22 23:28

    Eh, suspended sentence? In the ET case the teenager didn't help murder ET but was there and was acquitted, in the old days that was seen as an accomplice and same verdict was handed down. Eish this new SA, I don't understand it at all.

      Solly - 2012-05-23 07:41

      And it was a white judge for that matter. How interesting

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-05-22 23:36

    Ahaa! Just another SLAP on the WRIST.. And if he's killed her??? No JUSTCE!

  • Koos - 2012-05-22 23:46

    Clearly Bees Roux were ripped off. He should've being paid.

  • OzzyIn - 2012-05-22 23:49

    Wow, more justice in SA. Just shows that Cops are above the law. This place is a disgrace!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-22 23:54

    Is this man still allowed to carry a weapon?

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-23 07:11

      Bless, Sadly he will still be armed. these days all cops (from all the various policing bodies) must be considered " armed and dangerous, do not approach them"

  • Kar - 2012-05-23 05:03

    R 1000 a month!!! "serve jail time would only be retributive"... this person need to be in jail for attempted murder!! am i missing something? this article is too embarrassing. This judge needs to quit!

  • braamc - 2012-05-23 05:05

    to serve jail time would only be retributive and would bring about many disadvantages. - The only disadvantage is the disadvantage to the public for he will probably kill again

  • Smith - 2012-05-23 05:35

    Ths got to b th best country in th world. Is th judge friends wit ths idiot? 'sent him to Newcastle to start a new life' WTF dude!? He needs to start a new life in jail fo al i care!

  • Charles Machingura - 2012-05-23 05:44

    There is no justice here! Stupid story! South Africa, we are sitting on a time bomb at the rate we are will explode on us all! mxm

  • natasha.wolftonkin - 2012-05-23 05:55

    What the heck is R1000 a month going to cover on medical costs.Shoot at someone.. twice and get off because he showed remorse and cooperation.. What a joke

  • Deana - 2012-05-23 06:03

    I am absolutely disgusted! The f@cker shot his wife, the person he's supposed to love, honor and protect, twice in her FACE, for crying out loud! What should she do will R1 000 a month- will that heal her physical emotional scars? Will that give her back her sense of security? The justice system is flawed to say to least. Banana Republic. Shoot the OFFICER twice in his face. He's a menace to society. What's next- a cap in a motorist's face for speeding or arguing about a ticket. Lord, please save this nation- as those who're supposed to serve and protect are the very ones we should fear.

  • herman.brummer - 2012-05-23 06:07

    Only in Africa

  • vinny.damoyi - 2012-05-23 06:36

    This is horsecrap! crime should equal punishmennt.its attempted murder!im flummoxed by this Judge!

  • Dooie - 2012-05-23 06:43

    One hand washes the other...

  • Raj - 2012-05-23 07:07

    Crime is crime, no matter how remorseful he is. Why is there no charges brought against him for misuse/negligence of a firearm? What about pain and suffering by his wife, does R1000 a month for 60 months compensate that. The scars of the bullet wound will be for life. Is this judges ruling promoting violence on women, as long as the men are remorseful? Its judges like these that makes the fight against women and children worthless. I would say this is a very sad outcome of this case. Beware if this Traffic cop could shoot his wife twice and get away with it, then if you are ever pulled over by him don't argue over a fine he might just use his service pistol to prove his authority.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-23 07:09

    Unbelievable. this sets a very good precedent should anyone end up shooting an intruder in his home, or a robber etc. after all, if this mampara can avoid going to jail for shooting his wife then shooting a real criminal can never carry a harsher sentence....

  • Gee - 2012-05-23 07:10

    That's nice... Do the crime and don't do the time...only in sa

  • Victer - 2012-05-23 07:26

    Why is this man still a traffic cop?????He should be fired.He is a danger to the public and got of to easely.I have seen a guy get a 5 day sentence for crossing the freeway and this guy get a suspended sentence for attempted murder.What would the judge have done if it was his daughter.

  • Colin - 2012-05-23 07:29

    As always,we got toplay the race card......pitiful. Then after being racist we feel justified in being critical. Let me tell you bigots, you lost the right to comment once you played your weaselly hands On a justice note, firstly we don,t know the whole story, secondly, part of determining punishment is to decide if the criminal in a crime if passion represents a threat to society at large. I don't know if it was right or wrong, but I feel that there are many others who deserve serious punishment that they don't get

  • rianette.kemp - 2012-05-23 07:43

    I so wish she can/will take this further. The justice system really degraded her even more

  • mondli.botha - 2012-05-23 07:46

    Miscourage of justice at its best!!!!

  • Donovan De Swardt - 2012-05-23 07:47

    its astounding this man isn't going to see the inside of a jail cell for this, it's mind blowing that the traffic department is going to give him a firearm to continue his duties as a traffic officer. people are being denied competency certificates for firearms for far less offences.

  • Zion - 2012-05-23 07:57

    This is a case where the judge should be jailed. Somewhere along the line there will be a default in the 120 payments then little will be done about it. A thousand rand a month may appear modest now but in 10 years time it would be a pittance.

  • Dianne - 2012-05-23 07:58

    Proves that some people are truly above the law! If my husband shot me twice he'd be jailed for a long time. Justice in this country is selective.

  • Harold - 2012-05-23 08:14

    So this criminal will still remain a traffic cop carrying a gun but just in a different town. Cadre?????

  • Mahesh - 2012-05-23 08:26

    hmm interesting, and just wer is he gonna get that grand a month to pay, is he still in the employment of the traffic dept after what he had done....................and with fkd up judges like this one......understandable why crimes out of control

  • Dianne - 2012-05-23 08:30

    Shocking! At the very least this man should serve a prison sentence for attempted murder. He is a threat to society. How the hell does he still have his job as a traffic officer? My mind boggles!!! It appears that the scum get away with almost anything whilst law abiding citizens don't.

  • Linda - 2012-05-23 08:59

    So he keeps his job - and his gun - so he is free to shoot the next person who annoys him. So glad I dont live in KZN - where clearly crime does pay. I think Judge Isaac Madondo needs to be investigated for gross incompetence, mysogeny and blatant stupidity. It seems the only bench he is fit to sit on is a park bench. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let the prosecution appeal his decision. It seems as long as you are able to pay off your victim you get off scott free.

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-05-23 09:16

    Shocking!!! What has happened to the law in South Africa? Unbelievable!

  • Loo - 2012-05-23 10:00

    WOW !!!!!!!! .. I'm speechless !! Shocking

  • dumisiledee - 2012-05-23 11:21

    I give up!!!

  • GoogStar - 2012-05-23 13:50

    The joys of being a government employee, you can get away with attempted murder. Wow!!! What is a R1000 to your life??? Our justice system is ridiculous.

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