Student terror reign case dismissed

The five men were set to appear in the Magistrate’s Court on Monday after victim S’bonelo Dladla, a plant pathology master’s student opened a case of attempted murder and armed robbery against the men. It has since been established that the case was struck off the court roll due to a lack of evidence.
Dladla, said in an interview that he had been cornered by five Indian men, driving a silver grey Opel Corsa on Thursday evening at around 8pm when he was returning from his routine gym session at the university’s main campus.

He said he had exited the main campus and was cycling towards the Agriculture campus on Carbis Road when he noticed the vehicle following him.
“Initially I thought it was somebody who was lost and needed directions so I continued to cycle, not thinking much about it,”said Dladla.
But he said, he then noticed that the vehicle tried to catch up with him.
“I tried to out-cycle the vehicle but it was obviously faster and they eventually caught up with me. One of the guys rolled the back window down, then the front window went down and as that guy sitting in the front was about to say something to me, another passenger pulled out a gun and pointed it at me. I was terrified,” said the 22-year-old student
Not knowing what to do, Dladla, in an attempt to escape harm, tried to cycle away from the men in the car towards the Carbis road campus – a few meters away to alert security.
“ As I tried to cycle away, I just felt this stinging sensation in my face, back and head as they shot at me. I managed to make it onto campus where Risk Management Security alerted SAPS and security company Mi7. Reinforcement authorities managed to chase and catch up with the vehicle in the Scottsville area and the men were arrested on the scene,” said a traumatised Dladla.
With news that the case had been struck off the roll due to a lack of evidence, Dladla, said he felt let down by the justice system.
“I thought justice would prevail but I’m just another statistic failed by the system,” he said.
UKZN student representative council released a statement on Facebook conveying their concern with the justice system.
“Perhaps our faith in the justice system is but misinformed ignorance or perhaps our faith in the system is just another dream,” secretary general Xola Mehlomakulu posted.
Mehlomakulu told the Maritzburg Sun that the SRC was beyond disappointed and frustrated with the justice system.
“It is mind boggling that a young black person can go through such an ordeal with wounds to prove the violation and trauma but the case gets struck off because of a lack of evidence. Basically what the court has said to us is that a crime is only a crime when it is committed by a black person” he said.
SAPS spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese confirmed that a case of armed robbery was being investigated. He said they would also be looking into why the docket was thrown out of court.

Bongeka Sibisi

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