NPA won't appeal acquittal of businessman

The 60-year-old walked free after he was acquitted of 79 charges including sexual assault and rape.

The 60-year-old walked free after he was acquitted of 79 charges including sexual assault and rape.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has decided it will not appeal the acquittal of a Knysna businessman for alleged sex crimes.

60-year-old Adrian Wilson-Forbes faced 79 charges including sexual assault, rape and possession of child pornography.

He was acquitted of all the charges against him in the circuit High Court in George earlier this year.

The NPA says it believes there are no grounds to appeal the High Court's decision.

The victims were all believed to be children.

But the state's case fell apart because its main witness was found to be unreliable.

In the end, prosecutors could not prove beyond reasonable doubt Wilson-Forbes was guilty.

In another incident, Johannes Kleinhans was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted on 95 counts which included sexual assaults on three pubescent girls over a period of two years.

The 74-year-old businessman's name was also included in the National Register for Sex Offenders (NRSO).

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Meanwhile, the Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities has called for the toughest sentence for murder accused Oscar Pistorius.

Lulu Xingwana said she wants to see the courts dish out the strongest possible sentence against him to ensure he doesn't flee justice.

Xingwana was at the court, saying she was there to represent the Steenkamp family.

"We are here on their behalf. They have said that they would like to hear the truth."

In March government said it would do all it could to ensure the rights of women and children are protected.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and President Jacob Zuma were speaking at a Human Rights Day event in Mbekweni, outside Paarl in the Western Cape.

Zuma expressed his deep concern about the high levels of violence against women and children, but he reiterated he has confidence the police and the Justice Ministry are capable of arresting perpetrators and punishing them within the confinements of the law.

Earlier this month Radebe announced the reintroduction of specialised sexual offences courts to combat the scourge, saying they [the courts] were "long overdue".