In another twist involving the public protector’s office‚ the Minister of Co-operative Governance an.
Najwa Petersen was jailed for an effective 28 years yesterday for the "premeditated, cruel and callous" murder of her musician husband, Taliep.
Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai said the death of her husband had robbed the Cape and the music world of one of its "favourite sons".
Taliep was attacked at his Athlone home in 2006 after his wife faked a robbery. She had hired three hitmen to kill her husband.
Desai told a packed courtroom he was obliged by law to sentence Petersen to life imprisonment - unless there were compelling circumstances justifying a less severe sentence.
Desai said the gun used to shoot the musician had been borrowed, but the owner of the firearm "had not been in the dock" with Petersen and her three hitmen. He ordered the prosecuting authorities to find out why the gun-owner had not been charged as a co-accused.
Desai also instructed welfare authorities to ensure that the best interests of Zaynab, Petersen's youngest daughter, received top priority.
Delivering sentence, he said he could not allow the anger of the community in regard to the murder influence the punishment he was to impose.
"There is no place for raw anger in a civilised society."
Desai said Petersen's background, which included her prolonged use of medication, had blunted her emotionally.
The fate of Petersen's daughter also constituted compelling circumstances to justify a sentence less severe than life in jail.
With Petersen in the dock were Abdoer Emjedi, Waheed Hassien and Jefferson Snyders.
Emjedi was jailed for 24 years, Hassien for 25 years and Snyders, found guilty of robbery, was jailed for seven years. - Sapa