Parkfields (Newfields) AEC Press Release
30 October 2009
To: All media and civil society
From: Parkfields Community Representative Committee (formerly Newfields Village CRC)
Re: Condemnation of the latest postponement allowed by the state prosecutor in the case against C.J. Botman without input from our community
Trial postponed until 27 November 2009
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
The people of Newfields Village, which currently faces evictions, experienced this injustice yesterday when the state, without consulting with representatives of our communties, accepted the final, final postonment of the case against C. J. Botman in order to accommodate the disgraced attorney.
Botman was ordered by the court to try to repay the money he stole from the attorneys fidelity fund to the tune of R400,000. However, the CRC did not have any say in Mr. Botman’s plea-bargain. Mr. Botman doesn’t only owe the state 400,000 Rand. He also owes residents about 2 million rand. But our needs are being ignored by the state prosecutor.
We strongly reject these arrangements and strongly reject this postponement. Read the rest of this entry »