Leigh Matthews: Donovan Moodley has served 'minimum detention period' - Correctional Services

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Donovan Moodley (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Bongiwe Gumede)
Donovan Moodley (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Bongiwe Gumede)
  • Oral representations are currently under way at the Johannesburg Prison in Meredale.
  • Leigh Matthews was abducted at Bond University in 2004.
  • In 2005, Donovan Moodley pleaded guilty to murder, kidnapping, and extortion.

Leigh Matthews' convicted killer's minimum detention period was in June 2018, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) said on Friday.

"What's happening here [is], there are various processes that ought to be considered when an inmate has served the minimum required time and what I can confirm is that [Donovan] Moodley's minimum detention period was in June 2018, meaning that he has stayed more than the minimum required time.

"But there is no harm in that, but what is required is that once an inmate [has] served that minimum required time he has to be considered for placement, consideration does not guarantee that a person is placed out," DCS spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo explained outside the Johannesburg correctional facility in Meredale.

Nxumalo spoke to the media outside the prison while the Matthews family was inside, making oral representations concerning Moodley.

Moodley abducted Leigh from Bond University, Sandton, in 2004. He held her captive and demanded ransom money from her family.

Leigh Matthews

After receiving R50 000 from Leigh's father, Rob Matthews, he shot her three times instead of letting her go. In 2005, he pleaded guilty to murder, kidnapping, and extortion. 

Moodley was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, 15 years for kidnapping, and 10 years for extortion.

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Nxumalo confirmed that the session was still under way with the hopes that it would be concluded the same day. However, "this does not mean that it will be the end of it."

"After this, the parole board will have to put together everything and that profile will have to be submitted before the National Council for Correctional Services that will have to dissect each and every piece and every statement in there and make the necessary recommendations which will go to the minister for the final decision to be made," Nxumalo further explained.

DCS further stressed that this process would unfold without any rush to ensure that justice was served for all parties.

One of the processes he highlighted was the Victim Offender Dialogue (VOD) which DCS said the Matthews family declined to be a part of.

"The victims were invited in 2019 - the first invitation was in June. Unfortunately, that was turned down. The second invitation was August 2019 - again, it was turned out.

"So this is where we are now and unfortunately you cannot use such to disadvantage the inmate. We have to follow those processes," Nxumalo said.

The session is still under way.

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