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By unknown | Sep 09, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Prisoners' human rights activist Golden Miles Bhudu was yesterday sentenced to eight years imprisonment.

Two hours before the Wynberg magistrate's court proceedings, Bhudu was still doing radio interviews and coordinating prisoners' protests that have rocked the Baviaanspoort Prison.

Before the court proceedings Bhudu said: "Maybe if I am in prison I will do a better job being in direct contact with my constituency."

Bhudu, 47, president of the South African Prisoners' Organisation for Human Rights (Sapohr) was found guilty and sentenced for helping Israeli national Moti Sabag escape while he was being transported to Lindela Repatriation Centre for deportation in 2005.

Sabag had served four months of his 13-month jail sentence for being in the country illegally and being in possession of falsified documents.

Bhudu used his influence to ensure that everything went smoothly on the day and Sabag thanked him with a car.

The other accused, Clement Mdlalose, 39, and Gracion Maimela, 35, were prison warders who were transporting Sabag from Leeukop Prison to Lindela.

Mdlalose and Maimela have since been expelled from Correctional Services.

Mdlalose was sentenced to eight years in jail, of which two were suspended for five years.

Maimela got eight years while Sabag got six years because the court said that he had already spent two and half years in jail while the trial was delayed.

A warrant of arrest was issued for Golan Cachlon, 34, who was not present in court.

Cachlon is Sabag's brother-in-law and organised the cash to pay Mdlalose and Maimela during the escape.

In mitigation of sentence social worker Johanna Wolmarans asked for leniency as Bhudu was a socially responsible man fighting for human rights.

Mdlalose and Maimela's lawyer Dolph Jonker told the court that his clients had each four children and had started businesses after being fired. He said that the court should also consider the fact that Mdlalose had been terminally ill since 2001.

But magistrate Syata Prinsloo dismissed those claims.

"They should have thought about their children before committing such a serious crime."

Prinsloo asked why Bhudu could not explain why he had Sabag's car.

"An organisation representing the rights of prisoners cannot commit a crime and claim they were doing doing their duty. What if Sabag was a dangerous criminal?" Prinsloo asked.

Jonker, Bhudu's lawyer Lawley Shein, and Sabag's lawyer, Sam Cowen, immediately submitted their applications for leave to appeal for their clients.

But Prinsloo denied it.


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