Wednesday, June 27, 2007

(BBC) Whites jailed for S Africa murder

Whites jailed for S Africa murder
Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 June 2007, 09:19 GMT 10:19 UK

Three South Africans have been sent to prison after being found guilty of the 2003 murder of a farm worker.

Welile Motawane was tortured and killed after entering a "whites-only" section of a lodge, the Pretoria News reports. Sunset Lodge owner Kenneth Broodryk and two others then confronted him, stripped him, tied him up and beat him for four hours.

Broodryk was sentenced to 14 years in prison, the others to 10 years. All three had pleaded not guilty. The men's actions were "callous, calculated and inexcusable", said Rustenburg High Court Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng.

"At one point Motawane had petrol poured over him.

"There is evidence that when he was assaulted he was crying and screaming, but to no avail," the judge said.

He said they had shown no remorse.

After the assault, Motawane was taken to a police station where he was accused of robbery.

A police officer said Broodryk and the others were advised to take him to a nearby hospital.

Instead they drove him to his home, 35km away, where he was found dead the next morning.

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