ACDP MP says Jaco Swart’s slap on the hand cannot equate to appropriate justice

ACDP Parliament
Media Release
By Marie Sukers MP


ACDP MP says Jaco Swart’s slap on the hand cannot equate to appropriate justice

ACDP Member of Parliament Marie Sukers says that Jaco Swart was given a slap on the hand which cannot equate to appropriate justice.

Swart was convicted and handed a R20 000 fine and a suspended prison sentence in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court for assaulting his estranged wife.

Sukers said that "It is with utter horror, that as a nation we are jolted awake to the brutality of domestic abuse, and the impact on anyone who suffers at the hands of an abuser.

"Violence against the vulnerable is not private, it leaves scars that survivors carry for years, and it alters their self-perception and relationships for the longest time. The trauma of abuse and its effects on particularly the defenceless is brutal.

"In my opinion, the court failed the victim when it disallowed video evidence during sentencing arguments especially because it was available, could have been authenticated – even if it would have delayed proceedings, and could have resulted in the victim receiving the justice she deserved."

"The failure of the courts to give appropriate justice is what must be addressed with urgency", Sukers added.

-ENDS-

Issued by: ACDP Parliamentary Media Office

Media inquiries:
Keeno Petersen, ACDP Parliamentary Media Officer, E-mail: kpetersen@parliament.gov.za or Cell: 073-580-2902

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