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Councillor gets community service for defending gangster

The DA's William Jaftha submitted a letter calling for a lenient sentence for a convicted murderer.

FILE: Willie Jaftha asked for a lenient sentence to be handed down to murderer who’ s associated with George Geweld Thomas. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor who defended a convicted gangster in court will have to complete six months of community service working with victims of gang violence.

Belhar Councillor Willie Jaftha was found guilty of breaching the DA's code of conduct.

This after he submitted a letter to the Western Cape High Court asking for a lenient sentence to be handed down to murderer Reyaaz Dennis who' s associated with George Geweld Thomas.

The DA's James Selfe said, "He's required to perform community service for six months at an institution in his community that is involved with rehabilitation of victims of gang related violence."

He submitted a letter during argument in mitigation of sentence in the trial of 17 convicted gangsters.

#GeorgeThomas Belhar councillor Willie Jafta's letter he submitted during Dennis' arguments in mitigation of sentence pic.twitter.com/egvYzrj98d

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