Accused gets access to confession

Residents protesting outside the Mitchell's Plain Magistrate's Court.

The man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 11-year-old Stacha Arendse of Tafelsig was granted access to his confession last week.

Appearing in a packed courtroom, Randy Tango, 31, was granted access to the confession he made in which he allegedly confessed to killing Stacha on Wednesday May 10 in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court.

After applying for bail and access to the statement a few weeks ago, Magistrate Walter Golding instructed state prosecutor Darren Johnson to forward a copy of the statement to Mr Tango’s lawyer, Advocate Tuso Motshebe.

Throughout the proceedings, more than a hundred people stood with placards outside the court, protesting to oppose giving the rape and murder accused bail. The protest outside was organised by the Mitchell’s Plain Crisis Forum (“’Plain community take to the streets for Stacha”, Plainsman May 10).

Members of the Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum were also at court to support the family .

Chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain Crisis Forum, Joanie Fredericks, said the forum will continue protesting until justice is served for Stacha. “We want no bail for Randy. We’re living in a sick society – where did we go wrong as residents? This behaviour should not be the norm. “We need to be strong, fight back and more importantly stand together as one,” she said.

Wearing a T-shirt, painted with the words “Randy jou v3%#”, Yumnah Genever from Tafelsig said she is there to offer support to Stacha’s family and hopes the young girl’s killer rots in jail. “We have had enough of these child killings. This was an innocent child, and what a horrible thing to take her life,” she said.

Mr Tango’s bail application will take place on Wednesday June 7 at the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court.