The trial of an Eastern Cape mother who killed her daughter’s alleged rapist has been struck from the roll for a lack of evidence.
The woman was arrested last month after stabbing the man to death and wounding two others who were allegedly involved in the gang rape.
The mother was dubbed the 'lion mama' on social media and there was outrage over her arrest.
The 56-year-old was charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder.
She apparently walked in on three men who were sexually assaulting her 27-year-old daughter at a house in the Zwartwater area.
An online campaign was launched to raise funds for her legal fees, raising over R100 000 in a few weeks.
The NPA's Luxolo Tyali explains that the State withdrew all the charges after a senior official declined to prosecute.
The senior public prosecutor, after considering the contents of the docket and the evidence, saw that there were no prospects of successful prosecution.— Luxolo Tyali, Eastern Cape Regional Spokesperson of the NPA
This case was unique in its own and we had to look at the circumstances surrounding the case.— Luxolo Tyali, Eastern Cape Regional Spokesperson of the NPA
Tyali says the NPA will submit statements to the magistrate for an inquest docket to be opened into the death of the man who was stabbed.
We are not turning a blind eye to the fact that someone died.— Luxolo Tyali, Eastern Cape Regional Spokesperson of the NPA
Meanwhile, attorney Tyrone Maseko explains that the decision to withdraw the charges cannot create legal precedent.
The NPA does not set precedent, only courts set precedent.— Tyrone Maseko, attorney
The NPA has to apply their mind as to whether they have a case that they can sustain in a court of law on a criminal charge.— Tyrone Maseko, attorney
Take a listen to the NPA's perspective and the legal analysis: