- A petition calling for wifebeater Jaco Swart's sentence to be reconsidered has received 20 000 signatures
- The convict received a R20 000 fine and a three-year prison sentence suspended for five years
- He assaulted his wife and pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with the intention to inflict grievous bodily harm
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PRETORIA - Almost 20 000 people have signed a petition asking the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to reconsider the sentence handed down to a convicted wifebeater. Jaco Swart received a R20 000 fine and a three-year prison sentence suspended for five years.
He brutally assaulted his wife Nicoleen Swart and pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with the intention to inflict grievous bodily harm. According to News24, there was surveillance footage of his assault.
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AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit described the sentence as “shockingly inappropriate” and said Swart had no choice but to plea guilty. South Africans have signed the petition calling for a harsher sentence to be handed down. AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit Spokesperson Barry Bateman said some of the “vicious attacks” occurred in front of their two children.
The video of the assault was not admitted as evidence in court after the defence raised questions about its authenticity. Bateman said the state “rolled over” once the defence questioned the video’s authenticity.
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Earlier, The South African reported that the convicted wifebeater went into hiding after a group of men assaulted him. Swart’s friend told the publication that he was battered and bruised after the assault.
Siv Ngesi stands against gender-based violence, calls out Jaco Swart after viral video
In a related matter, Briefly News also reported South Africans were shocked by a video of Jaco Swart’s blatant violence against his wife. Siv Ngesi took to his social media to express his shock at the video.
The viral video of Jaco Swart being physically abusive was a severe reminder of the country’s alarming gender-based violence cases. According to The South African, Siv Ngesi took to social media to stand against GBV.
Source: Briefly News