A former Pietermaritzburg police officer made an appearance at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with the murder of his 25-year-old girlfriend, Tanya Oakes.
Two years ago, Oakes’ lifeless body was discovered outside Northdale Hospital. The former police constable, who allegedly used an SAPS-owned firearm to shoot Oakes in the face on November 5, 2021, was summoned to court after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) issued a summons.
During the court appearance, Oakes’ family and friends, including her young son, gathered outside the court with posters and placards, demanding justice for her. The accused was released on warning and is expected to return to court on February 16.
Quinton Oakes, the family’s representative and Tanya’s uncle, expressed frustration over the lack of answers surrounding her death. Initially, they were informed that they couldn’t open a criminal case due to an ongoing inquest docket. However, they still have numerous unanswered questions, which is why they are seeking justice through the court system.
The court appearance also drew the attention of Men Fighting Against Domestic Abuse (MFADA), whose members were present to show support. Craig Freese, MFADA’s public relations officer, emphasised their commitment to combating domestic abuse.
This court appearance marks a significant step forward in the pursuit of justice for Tanya Oakes. Her family and friends, along with organisations like MFADA, hope that this case will bring closure and shed light on the circumstances surrounding her tragic death.