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The use of a teenager in the murder of baby Jordan-Leigh Norton was "exploitation and the worst form of child labour", it was contended in papers before the Cape high court yesterday.
The papers were filed by Susannah Cowen, on behalf of the Community Law Centre (CLC) of the University of Cape Town, which took up the plight of Bonginkosi Sigenu, the youngest of the five people convicted of the murder.
Sigenu is in the dock with Dina Rodrigues and Sipho Mfazwe, Mongezi Bobotyane and Zanethemba Gwada.
Cowen initially sought to join Sigenu's counsel Caryl Verrier as a "friend of the court", but in yesterday's proceedings abandoned her mission and left her papers for Verrier to use for Sigenu's benefit.
Cowen contended that South Africa was obliged by international law to eliminate child labour. She said the CLC did not wish to underplay the culpability of a child offender, but the court had to recognise that Sigenu had been instigated and secured by adults, and was offered a reward for his involvement.
Because documentation needed by the defence team was not yet complete the case was postponed to June 18.
Spectators packed into the spacious upper gallery of the court room to follow the case yesterday.
Shortly before Judge Basheer Wagley entered the court with his two assessors, someone in the gallery said loudly to Rodrigues down in the dock: "Good morning, Dina." She ignored the greeting and spoke to her attorney. - Sapa