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Relatives of victims slam 'lax' sentence

By unknown | May 20, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Families of the slain Seshego Hospital officials reacted with shock to the "lenient" sentence given to the killer of their relatives.

They have vowed to go to the highest court in the land to challenge the sentence.

This follows yesterday's decision in which Samson Tsamago, the man found guilty of killing four hospital officials in cold blood two years ago, was sentenced to 18 years in jail.

He had accused his victims of plotting his dismissal from the hospital after he was accused of failing to report a case of negligent driving with a state vehicle and the knocking down a pedestrian.

Tsamago gunned down all his victims on October 19 2007.

Yesterday the relatives accused Judge J Tsoka of taking the lives of their dead relatives "cheap".

Even prosecutor Rodger Moreuma's efforts to convince the court to give Tsamago a lengthy sentence failed to shake Tsoka, who argued the "accused person was remorseful".

Lovey Putuka, whose sister was the hospital's chief executive, called on the judge to "think twice" about the sentence.

Anna Mamashela, whose husband was also shot dead, said: "W e are not going to leave this matter alone. We are going to fight to the bitter end to ensure that justice prevails."

"I'm even prepared to spend my last cent to take the matter up for the sake of sanity," said Mbulaeni Rammbuda, wife of the late Arnold Rammbuda.


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