Sapohr still after lion man

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

The South African Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights says it will not let Mark Scott-Crossley's early release from prison go unchallenged.

The organisation said yesterday that it was angered by Scott-Crossley's release.

Scott-Crossley, the farmer who, with his workers Richard Mathebula and Simon Mathebula, threw an employee's body into a lion's enclosure, was allowed to jump the parole queue and secure his release last week.

Sapohr president Miles Bhudu, pictured, said: "Scott-Crossley will remain a racist and a danger to society. He never showed remorse for the heinous crime he committed."

Richard Mathebula died in prison and Simon Mathebula was sentenced to 15 years. Scott-Crossley was sentenced to life but the Supreme Court of Appeal set aside his conviction and reduced his sentence to five years.

Bhudu said either Minister of Correctional Services Ngconde Balfour or his spokesman, Manelisi Wolela, were not telling the truth.