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The family of convicted murderer Najwa Petersen say she was a victim of her slain husband's fame.
Petersen was yesterday found guilty of murdering her husband, Cape Town entertainer Taliep Petersen.
The Cape high court found that she had hired hitmen to kill him.
Ayesha Brenner, speaking on behalf of Najwa's family, said her relative did not get a fair trial Brenner said "we don't say he [Taliep] deserved to go that way but Najwa was judged to be guilty from day one".
"How many other murder cases have fallen through the cracks and yet here she was convicted though the judge admitted he did not know who pulled the trigger" Brenner said.
"This case was just about the musical icon Taliep," Brenner claimed.
Meanwhile Taliep's family members said they would seek custody of nine- year-old Zainub - Petersen's only child.
Zainub was in Najwa's bedroom when her father was killed by men believed to have been organised by her mother.
Yesterday Cape high court judge Siraj Desai asked the family advocate to prepare a report on what should be done in the best interest of Zainub.
Outside the court Taliep's sister, Maatoema Groenmeyer, accused Najwa's family of neglecting the child.
"Zainub has been looked after by a maid for the past two years. Not one of Najwa's sisters offered to care for her," Groenmeyer claimed.
"I have already asked Zainub to live with me. She will be loved and cared for in her father's family, and Najwa knows that."
Brenner, speaking on behalf of Najwa's sons from an earlier marriage, refused to talk about Zainub's future, saying "she is a minor child, full stop."