Review of court decision welcomed by community

On September 20, after multiple postponements, Judge Delphine van Vuuren made the ruling to set aside the double murder charge for the KwaThema businessman who was accused of killing Refiloe and Thuto.

This meant that the suspect would only be charged with Contravention of Section 8(b)(i) of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000.

But the community and the families of the slain youths refused to accept the ruling.

Mokgokong Moshime, Refiloe’s father, said he is disappointed in the ruling.

“How do we go from a murder trial to just talking about a gun?” he asks.

Lucky Theko, Thuto’s father, says the families will not take this lying down.

“We are going to appeal for the matter to be reviewed by the DPP.

“How can this be about a gun that was never found?”

The families, with the help of Active Voice led by Khotso Pooe, appealed to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to intervene.

NPA boss Shaun Abrahams then ordered a review of the decision to drop murder charges against the taxi boss.

On Friday the court heard the suspect will be charged with two counts of premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice.

The trial has been postponed to January 30 when it may be transferred to the Delmas High Court.

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Xoliswa Kali
Journalist

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