Thursday 20 April 2017
MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CASE AGAINST THREE ACCUSED PROVISIONALLY WITHDRAWN: FAMILY FURIOUS
The Moosa family of Polokwane has expressed its disappointment after the case against three men allegedly part of a kidnapping syndicate was provisionally withdrawn.
Masilo Kgafane, Samuel Kobo and Benny Mudau allegedly abducted Anisah Moosa (35) in March 2016.
The suspects were released on bail despite a week long protest outside the Polokwane Magistrates Court shortly after being arrested.
The gang is allegedly responsible for a spate of crimes. They also face charges of attempted murder after three police officers were shot and wounded during a sting operation in which Anisah was freed.
Two of the accused were since re-arrested on other charges including a cash-in-transit robbery and other armed robberies. One was wounded in a shootout with police.
The gang allegedly demanded R3m ransom from Anisah’s family. She was abducted outside her uncle’s home in Nirvana, Polokwane.
Moosa Family spokesman, Yusuf Abramjee, said a Mankweng Magistrate decided to withdraw the abduction case against the three men because of on-going delays.
“The family feels that the justice system is letting victims down badly. We are shocked at the withdrawing of the case,” he said. “The family is understandably furious.”
“The police had many months to do their investigations and we can’t understand why it is being delayed repeatedly. We want a full probe,” he said.
The Hawks are investigating the case.
Abramjee said attorney, Raeesa Rhemtula, has been instructed by the family to immediately write letters to the Minister of Justice, Minister of Police and National Director of Public Prosecutions to ensure that the case is re-instated.
Yusuf Abramjee cell 082 4414 203