During sentencing procedures in the Northern Cape High Court on Wednesday, senior State advocate Hannes Cloete argued that Richard Zoniselo Magawu should not be allowed to be reintegrated back into society.
THE STATE has motivated that at least one of the men found guilty of the murders of DA Danielskuil councillor Johannes Baatjies and a family friend, Shuping Jeffrey Nouse, should be served with a double life sentence.
During sentencing procedures in the Northern Cape High Court on Wednesday, senior State advocate Hannes Cloete argued that Richard Zoniselo Magawu should not be allowed to be reintegrated back into society. He pointed out that the evidence against Magawu was “overwhelming”.
“The testimony that was placed under oath by the accused on Wednesday is a manifestation of what we have seen throughout the trial. The State’s evidence was pieced together throughout the lengthy trial, where every point was justified. The accused has shown disrespect for the judgment and the court process,” said Cloete.
He described Magawu as being “completely self-centred and a man of astounding arrogance”.
“While he told the court about how his son needed him as a father, what about the disabled son of Nouse, who was killed by him?
“Although the court has the greatest sympathy for the family of the accused and the difficulties that they are faced with, Magawu clearly did not take into account the hardships suffered by the families of the deceased or Nouse’s son who is disabled. He did not think about the consequences they had to deal with while he was plotting their deaths.”
He assured Magawu that the truth had been exposed during the court proceedings.
“You testified to the court that you wished that the truth would come out. Let me put your mind at ease that the truth has already come out, in so far as your contribution towards the death of Baatjies and Nouse is concerned.”
Cloete pointed out that Magawu’s outspoken lack of remorse and inability to take responsibility for his actions demonstrated that he had “very little chance of ever being rehabilitated”.
“The accused made it clear and was proudly arrogant when he told the court that he had no remorse. Since his arrest he blamed the investigating officer, the prosecutor and even his poor legal representative when he tried his best to assist him.”
Cloete believed that Magawu’s family and friends, as well as the community of Danielskuil and society at large, were fully justified in losing their confidence and trust in him following his conviction.
“The accused does not deserve their trust and respect.”
Magawu retorted that Cloete was also arrogant and self-centred and was aggrieved that he did not have “anything positive” to say about him throughout the trial.
“The sentiments of the public were influenced as a result of my wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution that I was subjected to.”
He added that the State was presenting new evidence that he was responsible for Nouse’s death.
“I do not need to think about the hardships of the bereaved families as I was not responsible for their suffering. It is the State’s responsibility to investigate the case properly. I stand my ground that I was not involved in the murders. How can I show remorse for something that I never committed?
“I am not willing to take responsibility for something that I was not responsible for.”