Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
22 Jun 2021
8:40 pm

Leigh Matthews: Parole-seeking murderer is a ‘monster’

Bernadette Wicks

Moodley, Leigh Matthews's killer, has never disclosed who his partner in crime was – or who he believed framed him.

Top detective Piet Byleveld at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on 1 February 2012, where Donovan Moodley's application for a retrial was rejected. Picture: Gallo Images/Foto24/Bongiwe Gumede

It was a Friday morning in early July when Leigh Matthews and Donovan Moodley fatally crossed paths. Matthews had turned 21 just a day earlier and she was leaving her Sandton university to meet her mother to discuss plans for her birthday party that weekend when Moodley stopped her and asked for a lift. She never made it to her mother – or the party. Later that day when Matthews’ parents tried to phone her, a stranger answered and demanded a ransom for her safe return. Desperate to get their little girl back, they did what they had to do...