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COSATU welcomes Nel's sentence

21-11-08

The Congress of South African Trade Unions welcomes the four consecutive life sentences - plus an additional 62 years in prison without parole - handed down to Johan Nel, who killed four people and injured eleven in a shooting spree in Skierlik in January.

No lesser sentence could possibly have been given for such an appalling crime, motivated purely by racist obsessions, for which there can be absolutely no mitigating circumstances.

COSATU agrees with the judge that there is no place for racially motivated violence in a democratic South Africa and that the country's citizens must be protected.

While nothing can erase the grief of those bereaved, the community can take some comfort from the fact that the court passed such an exemplary sentence, which should act as a deterrent to any other would-be racist killers that they will be dealt with as ha rshly as the law allows when convicted.

COSATU congratulates its members in the North West and the Skierlik community who demonstrated every day at the court and showed their determination to see justice done to a man who ended four lives and inflicted pain and suffering on the injured and berea ved.

Patrick Craven (National Spokesperson)

Congress of South African Trade Unions

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