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Father, son and co accused’s appeal dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeals

Father, son and co accused’s appeal dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeals

The Supreme Court of Appeals has rejected an application to set aside conviction and sentences by three appellants namely Ntau Letebele, his son Neo Letebele and Hosea Moagi. They lodged the application immediately after being convicted and sentenced by the Polokwane High Court in July last year. Their initial application was also rejected by the Judge of the trial court citing no possibility of another court arriving at a different conclusion. This was a setback to the applicants and they immediately lodged an application with the SCA which was granted and their bail was extended from R7000 OO to R50 OOO OO each. The trial court accepted that the applicants were not a flight risk and therefore they were temporarily free until the SCA made a ruling on the matter.
On the 20th July 2017 the three accused were sentenced as follows: Ntau Letebele, Hosea Moagi and Neo Letebele were sentenced to five (5) years each for kidnapping. Ntau Letebele and Hosea Moagi were further sentenced to Three (3) years each on count two (2) three (3) and four (4) which the Judge ruled that they will run concurrently. This virtually meant that the two will serve eight (8 years). Neo Letebele was however discharged on the three charges as it was found that he did not take part in the assaults and as such will serve five (5) years for the kidnapping conviction.
With the dismissal of their application by the SCA it means that they will now have to report to the designated prisons so that they can start serving their sentences. This development therefore brings to an end a matter that started in December 2014 when three young men suspected of having carried burglary and theft at the now defunct Lekonkwane 2 were accosted and brutally assaulted resulting in the death of Evans Shai. Memories have a tendency to linger for so long as people live.
Goldrick Mafologela
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