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How would you feel if your loved one was racially abused and beaten by a group of people? Then instead of being protected by the justice system, was sentenced to 4 ½ years for defending themselves. This is what has happened to Siyanda Mngaza.
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Why we're appealing:
Siyanda was 20 years old at the time of her attack and the aggressors are more than twice her age.
These attackers claimed that they did not harm her, yet she sustained horrific injuries.
The police admitted in court to not having investigated this hate crime against Siyanda.
The jury failed to understand the direction of the judge and did not understand the charges Siyanda faced, even though she proved in court she was attacked.
Siyanda is a bright, aspiring black woman now 21 years old, who had a promising career and life ahead of her. She is loved by many because of her kind heart and very caring nature.
We need your help to obtain 'Justice for Siyanda' and bring an end to her traumatic ordeal. She has never been in trouble and has no prior warnings or convictions. Siyanda has been failed by the system because of the colour of her skin.
What YOU can do to help
· Please help us gain over 100k signatures on the petition so we can bring this to the attention of MPs. Showing that it is not acceptable for an innocent person to be jailed for defending herself.
- Head on over to our website http://freesiyanda.com/
- Donate to https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/free-siyanda/
Thank you all for your support in signing and sharing this petition.
Siyanda has been sentenced to four and a half years for GBH. Siyanda's family are campaigning to make the truth of what happened on the 25th of May 2019 known.
More about Siyanda’s story:
On the 25th of 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 three attackers ran toward Siyanda, one of them punched her. Siyanda fell to the ground. 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 injuries and significant 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 of 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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