THE SUPREME COURT OF APPEAL OF SOUTH AFRICA
JUDGMENT

REPORTABLE/NOT REPORTABLE
Case No 323/2015

In the matter between:

LENTIKILE MICHAEL MOCUMI

APPELLANT

and

THE STATE

Neutral citation:

RESPONDENT

Mocumi v The State (323/2015) [2015] ZASCA 201 (2
December 2015).

Coram:

Navsa, Cachalia, Shongwe, Tshiqi and Dambuza JJA

Heard:

11 November 2015

Delivered:

2 December 2015

Summary: Criminal law – evidence - contradictions in the evidence of child
complainants in sexual offence cases – contradictions not necessarily fatal to state
case – evidence must be considered carefully – discussion of onus borne by the
State - court must be satisfied that despite contradictions the evidence constitutes
proof beyond reasonable doubt of commission of the offence and identification of the
perpetrator – relevant considerations include the age and capacity of the child.

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