WATCH | 17 years later and Donovan Moodley has not changed, says Leigh Matthews' family

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  • Following hours of oral representations, the Matthews family has concluded Donovan Moodley has not changed.
  • The family says they still do not have answers about the murder of their loved one to date.
  • Moodley abducted Leigh Matthews from Bond University in Sandton in 2004.

Following hours of an arduous parole process unfolding at the Johannesburg Correctional Facility on Friday, the family of Leigh Matthews has concluded her convicted killer, Donovan Moodley, has not changed.

"The truth of the matter is 17 years later, and Moodley has not changed. He is still the same lying, conniving, deceitful individual," Leigh's father, Rob, told the media outside the prison on Friday afternoon.

The Matthews family had made oral representations concerning Moodley, who was convicted of the murder of their daughter.

News24 reported he abducted Leigh from Bond University, Sandton, in 2004. He held her captive and demanded ransom money from her family.

After receiving R50 000 from Leigh's father, 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.

Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo told the media earlier Moodley had served the "minimum detention period". 

Once this has occurred, he has to be considered for placement, but consideration does not guarantee that a person is placed out.

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

The Matthews family has previously expressed there are still various unanswered questions surrounding the death of their loved one.

Leigh's mother, Sharon, said they still did not have the answers to date, adding Moodley still had "different stories" about where Leigh was held.

Rob added: "We heard another story now as to how Leigh's body was handled. So, that is clearly not an individual that smacks of any kind of remorse.

"We were hoping to get some answers as to who else was involved. Overall, it has been a tough, tiring day."

The family, however, was grateful for how the process was handled, adding the chairman of the parole board would recommend to Justice Minister Ronald Lamola that "to grant Moodley parole would be an insult to justice".

He said:

Seeing him [Moodley] was like going to Leigh's funeral - it was that sort of feeling.

"If there was anything cathartic, it was that the chairman and the board members actually listened to us," Rob said.


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