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Penwell Dlamini

Penwell Dlamini

The national prosecuting authority (NPA) plans to challenge the lenient sentence imposed on a man who attacked the partially blind April Rampeiwa, damaging his other eye.

NPA spokesman Tlali Tlali said the prosecuting authority was considering appealing against the Roodepoort magistrate's court ruling in which Robert Botha was found guilty and fined R1000 or 90 days imprisonment, suspended for three years.

Tlali told Sowetan that Rampeiwa's case went according to the book but the NPA was not happy with the sentence.

"We feel the sentence was too lenient," said Tlali, adding that the offence carried a maximum of three years jail or a fine.

Tlali said the state withdrew charges against the other two accused, Michael Laurence and Johan Klippers, because they were not involved in the assault.

"The reason the case did not go to trial was because Botha pleaded guilty to the charge," Tlali said. "It was clear before we went to court that the accused would plead guilty, making it unnecessary to call witnesses to give evidence."

Rampeiwa, 39, was left almost totally blind after tenants of a block of flats in Florida, West Rand, assaulted him in August last year. He lost his right eye in a car accident 14 years ago.

He has already undergone an operation and another is scheduled for November in a bid to save the eye.

Earlier this month his employer of 12 years fired him and kicked him out of the place where he had lived for more than 10 years.


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