Samkelo Ngcobo (21) from Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa has spent over a year in prison for armed robbery. His family is requesting the authorities to revisit the crime he allegedly committed as they argue that he was kidnapped during the time the crime was committed. His family believe Samkelo was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit . It is alleged that he is a forced accomplice to a crime. South Africans have started #JusticeForSamkelo.
The family believes their son is in prison because of the justice system of South Africa that did not fully investigate the case.
According to a friend of the family, Samkelo got hijacked while on his shift as an Uber driver. The hijackers reportedly kidnapped him and forced him to accompany them on a mission to rob a petrol station. The reaction unit called by the petrol station came to the scene and found Samkelo and one accused robber in the car parked at the service station. Two accused robbers who are reported to have left the car for the service station fled the scene and are still on the run.
The family friend reveals that Samkelo has not be sentenced as yet. He has tried to get assistance from UBER South Africa in vain . The owner of the car he was driving on the fateful day chipped in and provided money to hire a lawyer, but he has since stopped assisting due to financial constraints. Sam’s mother is requesting for assistance from well-wishers to assist her son.
There is no chance that Samkelo would commit the crime as he was waiting for his results to join the Metro police. He had gone for an interview two days before,” said his friend who started the Justice for Samkelo trend.
In the clip below Samkelo’s brother gives his account of what took place on the day of the robbery.
Samkelo's brother narrates the whole incident of what took place on that day of the robbery. Samkelo has been refused bail and none of his words have been taken into consideration on the case. #JusticeForSamkelo https://t.co/YVRLxKRT0z
— UmalambaneZN ➐ (@UmalambaneZN) May 18, 2020
It’s amazing that some people are so naive as to assume that there is never a miscarriage of justice. The worst part is that our justice systems are designed to rehabilitate, people come out worse that they were going in. 🥺 #JusticeForSamkelo https://t.co/5LV1yrX0yt
— Mabunda Gilowatt 🇿🇦 (@AyaWatt) May 18, 2020
Has Uber ever resolved any grievances brought forward about their drivers, coz all they ever seem to do is react once there's negative social media attention brought to the brand. #JusticeForSamkelo pic.twitter.com/6vA0EyleWw
— Pootie Tang (@Mdudemeister_) May 18, 2020
— #BlackLivesMatter 🧚🏾♀️🇿🇦 (@Londiwe_Ntimba) May 18, 2020
— London🇬🇧 (@jovaLover745) May 18, 2020
The system is harsh on young black boys from eKasi like Samkelo because they cannot afford proper representation I’m sure evidence was not properly considered in this case. Samkelo’s mother is said to have gone bankrupt trying to get her son released from prison.
Remember how we were wowed by Korey Wise’s Story it has now happened to one of our own. 21 year old Samkelo Ngcobo of Umlazi. Justice For Samkelo.