The Reitz Four have been granted leave to appeal their sentence by the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court, after their legal counsel argued that there was a reasonable expectation that another court could reach another verdict if it heard the case. The Four were sentenced to a R20,000 fine or 12 months in prison, after pleading guilty to a charge of crimen injuria, as well as a further six months in prison, wholly suspended for five years under certain conditions. Kemp J Kemp, former counsel to the defendants, said that what the Reitz boys did was not motivated by racism. Kemp also objected to the referrals in the court's judgement to newspaper articles as a gauge of the community's feeling on the matter as wrong, as the media had not sought to hear the defendants' side of the story. Read more: SAPA, via TimesLive.
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