Mandy Wiener | Leigh Matthews: Why murky, vague and inconsistent parole process must change

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Donovan Moodley (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Bongiwe Gumede)
Donovan Moodley (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Bongiwe Gumede)

Mandy Wiener writes that in light of Leigh Matthews' killer, Donovan Moodley, applying for parole, we must examine why there is so little transparency around the process and what criteria the parole board uses to release an offender.

Those South Africans who are old enough will never forget the story of Leigh Matthews and how it gripped a nation. For 12 days in July 2004, the country waited for news. The blonde Bond University student had been kidnapped from campus a day before her 21st birthday party. 

Shortly after the kidnapping, there was a ransom demand, and her father Rob dropped off R50 000 near the Grasmere Toll Plaza. 

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