Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
30 Aug 2021
10:20 pm

Babita Deokaran’s family place their faith in justice system

Bernadette Wicks

Speaking outside court, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane would not be drawn to comment on rumours that the accused – or at least some of them – had already offered up confessions.

Six suspects appears Johannesburg Magistrate's Court, 30 August 2021, on charges related to the murder of Gauteng health department finance officer Babita Deokaran. Deokaran was gunned down outside her Winchester Hills home and she was a key witness in the investigation of protective equipment (PPE) contracts. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Slain health department official and whistleblower Babita Deokaran’s family is confident justice will be served. “We’re placing our faith in the justice system to bring these perpetrators to book,” her brother-in-law and the family’s spokesperson, Tony Haripersadh, said on Monday after six men who have been arrested for Deokaran’s murder made their first appearance before a court. Deokaran was gunned down outside her home in Mondeor, in south Johannesburg, last Monday. Nothing was stolen and it appears to have been a hit. The acting chief financial officer for the Gauteng department of health, she was also one of the witnesses...