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Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

The scales of justice continue to favour Mark Scott-Crossley, one of the men who fed Nelson Chisale to the lions in January 2004.

He appears to be enjoying preferential treatment while on parole.

This came to light when Sowetan went to the Acornhoek police station, where Scott-Crossley is to do community service in terms of his parole conditions.

Black parolees were seen working hard in the station's yard, while Scott-Crossley strolled around with the policeman assigned to monitor him.

Sowetan hasalso established that a senior police officer, whose name tag read "Mushwana", hid ScottCrossley under his desk in his office.

When Scott-Crossley realised Sowetan was present he dashed into a building with two big gates, apparently to hide from a Sowetan photographer.

Officer Mushwana ordered that no pictures of Scott-Crossley be taken.

"The man has suffered a lot, why don't you at least leave him alone?" Mushwana asked.

Asked why Scott-Crossley was strolling around instead of doing his community service, Mushwana said:

"He was working around that building and has just left my office."

Mushwana could not explain what Scott-Crossley was doing in his office.

But a fellow parolee, who had witnessed the incident, shouted that he was hiding under the desk in Mushwana's office.

"No, no, no," Mushwana said. "I know nothing. I'm not involved with this man and please save me from the media."

Scott-Crossley was initially sentenced to life imprisonment by high court Judge George Maluleke in October 2005 but the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein reduced the sentence to five years.

This was after the court set aside his murder conviction and convicted him on the lesser offence of being an accessory after the fact.

Scott-Crossley's co-accused, Simon Mathebula, is serving 12 years of his 15-year sentence. His other co-accused, Richard Mathebula, died in jail, apparently as a result of TB.

Scott-Crossley and Simon Mathebula were convicted of murder after Chisale was beaten to death and his body thrown into the lion's enclosure at a lion breeding project near Hoedspruit.