Miscarriage of justice: Nkonyana murder accused - statement by UDM Spokesperson on Justice (23 September 2010)

The UDM condemns the continued delays that are characterising the trial of those suspected of murdering Zoliswa Nkonyana in 2006. This was a hate-crime of the most despicable sort, wherein a 19-year old woman was murdered because of her sexual orientation. Instead of making an example of these criminals, the state has postponed the case against the 9 suspects more than 20 times. This is a gross miscarriage of justice.

It is therefore no surprise to note the latest Auditor General report criticising the finances of the Justice Department. Irregular spending at the Department in the 2009/10 financial year exceeds R800 million. The same Department accounts for nearly half of all the cases of financial conduct reported by national Departments for that year.

Justice as guaranteed by the Constitution is not being served. We call on the Minister of Justice to announce immediate radical steps to prevent further financial mismanagement. The National Prosecuting Authority needs to explain to the family of Ms Nkonyana, and the South African public, why justice for her murder has been delayed for four years whilst the suspects are known.