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By unknown | Mar 18, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

Thabo Thobei tearfully thanked God outside the Kliptown magistrate's court after he was found not guilty of intimidating and pointing a firearm at Ithuteng Trust director Jackey Maarohanye.

Magistrate Engelbrecht yesterday ruled that he could not rely on the state's evidence and Maarohanye's witnesses as they contradicted themselves. "There is no way I could rely on the state's case because it was of poor nature and quality and I could not accept that," Engelbrecht said.

He said four witnesses were called to give evidence, and two of them said they did not see the gun, while one said Thobei never entered the schoolyard to threaten Mama Jackey.

Prosecutor Mabanda apologised on behalf of the state. "I am sorry for the state, the worst part was the last witness who corroborated the accused's evidence.

"I will leave everything in the hands of the court now," he said.

Engelbrecht asked Thobei, 35, if he had a problem with Mama Jackie opening up the school at Klipspruit. Thobei described the relationship between the community of Klipspruit and Mama Jackey.

"I did not have any problem with the school. It was a beautiful school. But the problems started when she sent the school children into our houses," he said.

He said Mama Jackie once ordered her pupils to chop down trees outside the schoolyard because residents would sit under the shades. "We planted those trees, but Mama Jackey ordered her pupils to bring pangas and chop them down just because we sat under them."

Engelbrecht said: "You are not found guilty and are free to go home."


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