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On the 25th May 2019, Siyanda was attacked in a racially motivated incident by two men and a woman. 

Siyanda was camping when the attackers threatened to kill her, calling her racial slurs. When the female attacker approached, Siyanda tried to push her away in self-defence. Siyanda was holding a glass in her hand which caused a minor cut (that didn't even require stitches) to the attacker. The two men proceeded to drag Siyanda to the ground, stomping on her head (evidence of shoe prints and bruises on her face were submitted) in a vicious attack. Siyanda managed to free herself, and while she hid from her attackers, they called the police and falsely accused Siyanda of perpetrating an attack on them. 

Dyfed Powys Police arrested Siyanda, and for the last nine months, she has desperately been fighting for justice. Police did not arrest the attackers and didn't even take statements from them until the morning after the attack, giving them time to establish a story and cover their backs. Siyanda's case has clearly been mishandled. One of the arresting officers didn't even have his body camera on, and the other only had his on for a short amount of time during the arrest. 

On the 21st February 2020, Siyanda was found guilty of the highest form of Grevious Bodily Harm by an all-white jury. On the 13th March 2020, the length of her sentence will be determined.

Siyanda has been treated unfairly by the criminal justice system, and her case shows the extent of systemic racism within our courts. 

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