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'He doesn't deserve to go to jail'

By unknown | Nov 28, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Zinhle Mapumulo and Vusi Ndlovu

Zinhle Mapumulo and Vusi Ndlovu

Families and friends on both sides of the Jeppestown massacre sobbed as Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng passed sentence yesterday.

Colleagues of the dead policemen held interviews with journalists, while friends and families of the convicted men did not want to talk.

It was only the family of Sihle Mdunge who later spoke to Sowetan by phone. They said they would appeal the conviction.

His brother, Sifiso Ngidi, said the family had hired an advocate to launch an appeal.

"My brother was neither part of the gang that robbed Pick n Pay nor killed any policeman," Ngidi said. "He does not deserve to go to jail for the rest of his life. We have decided to appeal."

Earlier a man who identified himself only as Otty, a brother of one of the convicted men, Nkosinathi Mchunu, told Sowetan that it would be difficult for the family to come to terms with what happened.

"It is sad to think that my brother will spend the rest of his life in jail. He is very young and could have had a good life ..." Mchunu said.


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