There is no hidden message between the lines. I do not want to cross swords with you Pat, but if you want to construe my disbelief regarding the fact that Fred did not try and find the killer to imply that he should, as you put it, have a “a moral obligation to dedicate his life and all of his resources to finding the killer of his girlfriend” then you have it wrong. If we are reasonable and sensible, we may achieve something constructive, but being extreme will lead nowhere.
From the outset of the preparation of Fred’s trail it was clear that Fred had an extremely challenging trial ahead. The odds were heavily stacked against him. Not only did the Police fabricate evidence against Fred, but none of the thirteen people who attended the Sungard meeting on the day that Inge was killed, were able to testify to an alibi that would be watertight and be sufficient to trash or even challenge the evidence of the SAP. Even the convener of that meeting, Janine von Stein, who was present in the meeting on that day, was adamant that Fred’s role in the presentation was over emphasized by the defence, and that the presentation that Fred claimed he presented, did not necessarily take place on that day; and that she could not remember him being there for the full duration of the afternoon. In fact, she was the only reliable witness from the people who attended the Sungard meeting. Even after the closing arguments by the defence team, the judge remarked that no one testified with regard to Fred’s alibi. And for that reason also, this trail became history for the fact that it was the first time in South Africa that, after closing arguments were presented and the defence rested, the defence were allowed to reopen its case: to give Fred (who previously indicated that he would not testify) the opportunity to testify to his alibi.
Testimony to the above was that the best of the best had to be brought in at a tremendous cost from abroad for the defence.
And yet, in spite of all the odds, no time and energy was dedicated by the defence to finding the real killer. This in spite of Dup du Bruyn’s comment in a local Sunday paper when the question was put to him on his thoughts on who the suspect may be: “We have our suspicion. We believe this was a murder of passion, but I may be wrong.” Now with all this in mind, would it not have made common sense to try and find the killer? Would that not have been the best defence?
That Pat, the fact that Fred and Inge loved each other; that there are still a lot of people doubting the innocence of Fred; and yet he did not pursue this angle, raises questions. I realize that this may be a case of fools tread where angels fear to walk and that hindsight is an exact science. But I would at least have expected Fred to attempt a reasonable investigation into Inge’s murder. He had all the right motives, funds, more inside knowledge than any of us, and support structures to do just that.
In the verdict judge van Zyl remarked: “It is difficult to overcome the feeling that a substantial amount of additional information did not find its way to court. Why this was the case, we may never know. This may have resulted in an incomplete case being presented to the court and the court possibly not being able to fulfil its function”. (the African translation from Afrikaans)
What am I trying to achieve here? Where does this leave us? Is there no common ground for all of us following this blog? Is it too late? Can we allow someone else to fall similar fate as Inge (and her loved ones)? Are we true to ourselves, our fellow human beings, and God?
How is it possible to move on and forget about Inge; justice to both her and Fred; and a possible recurrence? It is not too late for further investigation and additional pressure on the SAP. And that Pat, is something that you, Arie, and many of your colleagues overseas can achieve with your political and other connections.
This thread has had numerous readers as you rightly pointed out, and a word of warm appreciation to Kasey for hosting this blog. Moral, religious and human conscience cannot other than call all those numerous readers out there: Make a difference if you are able to. Please do not be just another counter merely showing you visited the site if you know something that may be of value.