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DA “relieved” after killers get life

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The DA is satisfied that the sentences that were handed down for the murder of DA councillor, Johannes Baatjies has reinforced the right of every citizen to enjoy political freedom.

File image. Picture: Soraya Crowie

The DA is satisfied that the sentences that were handed down in the Northern Cape High Court on Friday for the murder of DA councillor, Johannes Baatjies, and a family friend Jeffrey Shuping Nouse, has reinforced the right of every citizen to enjoy political freedom.

DA provincial chairperson Harold McGluwa expressed relief that four of the accused were given life sentences while the fifth accused will serve an effective 18 years behind bars.

“We are relieved that the courts have dealt harshly with the perpetrators of this brutal crime and permanently removed them from society. The murder has made councillors serving on the Kgatelopele council in Danielskuil, feel vulnerable and threatened. The harsh sentences must therefore send out a strong message to everyone that we are all free to enjoy political freedom and that no one has the right to punish anyone for their political choice.”

He added that the sentences would allow the families of the deceased to close another chapter in their ordeal.

“It has been a difficult time for the party, and even more so for the families of the deceased. While nothing can ever bring back Baatjies and Nouse at least justice has finally been served.”