We received the following incredible feedback from the Mike Thomson Change a Life Trust that we wish to share…
It was eight years ago that Mike Thomson was tragically murdered and the Mike Thomson Change a Life Trust was formed in his memory. In all these years his killers had not been brought to book but his mother, Diana, reports that the wait for justice is finally over.
On Tuesday, 26 July 2016, the final member and leader of the gang responsible for Mike’s murder was sentenced to 15 years for armed robbery and 20 years for murder. Although the sentence will run concurrently with the 37 years he is serving at present, it will add to the years he will not be eligible for parole. Diana says that, after all the years Razor Zulu has been completely unrepentant and has pleaded not guilty to the crime, he made an about face the day before the trial and plead guilty to the crime. He also apologised to Diana and Lorna, Mike’s widow.
Two members of the gang had previously pleaded guilty and turned state witness against Razor Zulu and another man named Stofele. They were given 25 and 20 years respectively. The final outcome has been that of the five members of the gang, three are in prison, one was killed during a gun battle after escaping from prison and Stofele was released for lack of evidence against him.
Mike’s family can finally take comfort that these people will not be at liberty to continue with their reign of terror for many years to come.
The DNA Project wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Mike Thomson Change a Life Trust for their many years of amazing support.
Their continued support enabled us to bring about a positive change not only through our various projects and awareness campaigns, but most importantly in allowing us to champion the need for effective legislation in South Africa – which ultimately lead to the passing of the new ‘DNA Act’ – to make better use of forensic DNA evidence as a crime fighting tool.