MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday 19 May 2016
LIMPOPO KIDNAPPING SUSPECTS GRANTED BAIL: MOOSA FAMILY DISAPPOINTED
The Moosa family has criticized the decision by the Polokwane Magistrates Court granting bail to three men accused of kidnapping 35-year-old Anisah Moosa.
The suspects are also linked to other kidnapping cases, robbery and the attempted murder of three police officers.
Samuel Kabo (28) from Pretoria, Masilo Gafane (33) and Benny Mudau (34) allegedly kidnapped Anisah Moosa in March from outside her uncles home in Nirvana, Polokwane. They demanded R3-million ransom. She was freed three days later after a police operation saw the three policemen shot and injured. The suspects were later arrested.
Anisah was unharmed.
Since the start of the bail hearing, hundreds of protestors have been gathering outside the court building demanding #NoBail and #CrimeMust Fall. Members of the ANC and DA joined in. The vociferous crowd chanted “No Bail for Kidnappers” and “We want justice.”
Moosa family spokesman, anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee, said: “We are disappointed that the Magistrate granted bail of R10 000 each to the three men.
“We have no option but to respect the decision of the court.
“We now look forward to the speedy finalization of the trial. We want to see justice taking its course. We also remain hopeful that the police will make further arrests soon,” said Abramjee.
He added: “The family is grateful to the community of Limpopo and Polokwane in particular for the support we received from Day 1. United we stand. We must continue to stand up against crime and make our voices heard.
“Yes, bail is a process…but for such serious crimes we believe the men should NOT have been granted bail,” he said.
“We do remain hopeful the law is going to come down hard on those responsible for a series of violent crimes,” the family added.
Anisah is recovering well from her ordeal and she has again thanked South Africans for the “ongoing support.”
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