Rob and Sharon Matthews, the parents of Leigh Matthews, a murdered Bond University, are not convinced that their daughter’s killer has changed. Donovan Moodley is seeking parole, 17 years later.
The Matthews appealed Moodley’s application at the Johannesburg Medium B Correctional Services Centre on Friday, 21 January 2022 where the convicted murderer appeared before the parole board. The family believes Moodley hasn’t changed at all.
“The truth of the matter is 17 years later, and Moodley has not changed. He is still the same lying, conniving, deceitful individual,” Matthews’ father said.
On 9 July 2004, Moodley, who attended the same university with Matthews, abducted her at gunpoint from the institution’s parking lot. He demanded a R50 000 ransom from her family, but when it was paid, she was never set free and instead killed her. Matthews’ body was found an open veld in Walkerville on 24 July, more than two weeks after kidnapping. She had been shot four times.
Moodley was sentenced to life for the murder, 15 years for kidnapping and another 10 for extortion. He began serving his sentence on 4 August 2005.
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Leigh Matthews’ father is pleased with how the process was handled and was emotional when he said they were informed that the chairman of the parole board will be recommending that Donovan Moodley not be set free.
“To their credit, the process was transparent, and they did share with us that the chairman of the parole concluded by saying that to grant Moodley parole would be an insult to justice”
Matthews says now Moodley’s fate is in Justice Minister Ronald Lamola’s hands as he has to decide whether or not to grant him parole.
“We heard another story today as to how Leigh’s body was handled and so that is clearly not an individual that smacks of any sign of remorse and we were hoping to get some answers as to who else was involved”