Lesufi pays back R50,000 an accused gave family of slain car guard Vusi Mgiqwa

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and friends have rallied to help pay back R 50,000 offered to the family of murdered car guard Vusi Mgiqwa.

The money was said to be offered by the lawyers of Lukas van der Merwe - the man accused of killing Mgiqwa.

Mgiqwa died in hospital from head injuries sustained when Van der Merwe punched him during an altercation over a parking space.

The Sowetan spoke to Mgiqwa's sister, who said that the money was in exchange for leniency in the courts.

We can't allow this, where people can do as they wish and feel they can buy their freedom through money. I just felt that if you allow this it sets a very wrong precedent.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

I really feel that we have to support the family.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

He says the family took the money when Mgiqwa's sister passed on around the same time and were forced to borrow money from a loan shark.

This money came handy from Mr van der Merwe, that is why they felt that they should take the money so that they can pay back the loan shark, get their social grants back and continue with their lives.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

We have intervened with my friends. We have already paid that R 50,000 in the family account. I am assessing the needs of the two children in terms of education...

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

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