n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil : the supreme court of appeal closes its eyes to reality : regspraak

Volume 2004, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



The criminal trial of Mzwake Mbuli, or, as he is also known, the "people's poet", elicited wide media attention at the time. Mbuli and two co-accused were prosecuted of and convicted in the Pretoria regional court on charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances as intended in section 1 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 and unlawful possession of a hand grenade in contravention of section 32(1)(c) of the Arms and Ammunition Act 75 of 1969 (the act). All three were sentenced to periods of imprisonment. Their appeals to the high court against the convictions and sentences were dismissed and Mbuli (appellant) consequently appealed to the supreme court of appeal.

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