http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=qw1163424601733S526The ANC Provincial Executive regrets the harsh sentence that has been given to a 22-year-old who was sentenced to five years for holding an department of home affairs official hostage because he was unable to obtain an ID book.
The ruling party have committed themselves to work with his (Thibedi's) family and community to seek a recourse in the judicial process.
Kabelo Thibedi held department of home affairs official Lanelle Small hostage.
The executive stated that it respected the sentence handed to him, but it was harsh as he was a first time offender. - Sapa
I also heard that they felt the sentence would potentially turn him into a hardened criminal. I do think serious community work would probably be a better sentence.