Dad tells of relief at verdict

Zandile Mbabela

‘I JUST wanted someone to be held accountable for what happened that day.”

These were the words of former EP Rugby Union boss Phillip Joseph, the father of 10-year-old Bevan who was tragically killed when a wall collapsed on him during a stampede at a rugby game in Uitenhage three years ago.

The family are relieved at the culpable homicide verdict handed down to Keith Korkee, Richardo de Jager and Willie Louw earlier this week although, they say, it will not bring Bevan back.

The three are due for sentencing on May 22.

“I just hope this is a lesson to all of us – that there is no reason to cause a riot just because your team didn’t win. That stuff happens. We all come to watch rugby because we love it,” Joseph said.

Young Bevan’s life was cut short just three days before his 11th birthday when stampeding spectators at a club rugby clash between Gardens and Progress pushed over a wall at the Uitenhage Central sports field pavilion. This followed after a fight broke out between supporters from the opposing teams.

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