‘Hate crime conviction does not amount to justice’

Christo Oncke was found guilty by the Ceres Circuit Court for the homophobic murder of Dawid Olyne.

Picture: Saps.

CAPE TOWN - Human rights organisation, Triangle Project says the murder conviction of a man who killed a person because he was gay does not amount to justice.

Christo Oncke was found guilty by the Ceres Circuit Court yesterday.

Dawid Olyne's charred body was found near a dam in March 2014.

The organisation says while it's pleased the hate motive was clearly articulated by the court during judgment, it doesn't believe justice was properly served.

Triangle Project's Matthew Clayton says they suspect more people were involved in the crime.

"It has always been our position, which we have made clear to the South African Police Service (Saps) about the role played by several other people, known to us and the Saps, in this murder. That this is justice at any cost which is not justice at all."

The court has postponed sentencing to late next month, to allow the accused to undergo mental health assessment.

In a plea agreement, Oncke said Olyne had made a sexual pass at him.