Vigilante mom has murder conviction and life sentence quashed

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Vigilante mom has murder conviction and life sentence quashed

Judge says prosecution failed to prove she was anything more than a ‘joiner-in’ when a mob killed a thief

Cape Town bureau chief

A mother who was jailed for life for murdering a thief in a mob justice incident involving up to 100 people has had her conviction quashed on appeal.

Gladys Tsotetsi, who has spent the past two years behind bars, was instead convicted of attempted murder. She was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment, half of which were suspended.

Acting Cape Town high court judge Philip Myburgh criticised the Blue Downs magistrate who sentenced Tsotetsi for an “unorthodox and surprising” judgment indicating that the woman “wished [the thief] dead, rather than demonstrating that she contributed to his death”...

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