Sharief Robyn took the witness stand at the Western Cape High Court in sentencing proceedings, saying the family “knows” Yagyah did not rape and kill his cousin, 14-year-old Camron Britz, and that the truth would come out.
Sharief began crying as he spoke about his son who he called Ballie on the stand.
“Ek vra vir genade vir my kind,” he said. “This will be a big loss for us.”
Robyn was convicted last week of the rape and murder of Camron.
Sharief told the court his son dropped out of school during Grade 11 and began working as a carpenter.
He was also employed at the City of Cape Town’s stormwater department as a labourer and apparently excelled at surfing, even teaching young children how to surf and rollerskate.
State prosecutor Liezel Herbst put it to Sharief that Robyn was a sexual predator who preyed on children, referring to his case of sexual assault involving eight boys which is still continuing at the Wynberg Regional Court.
She said Robyn had been grooming his suspected victims, to which Sharief exclaimed his son had not been convicted of that crime.
Camron’s mother, Berenice Britz, also took the witness stand carrying a large photograph of her daughter.
At one point, she lifted the photograph and asked Robyn to look at Camron’s face: “I want you to look at her, Yagyah. I will never get her back, I have already forgiven you.”
She also read a poem Camron wrote a month before her murder, in which she predicted her own death: “She knew she was going to die and she knew there would be justice served.”
The State wants Robyn to be sentenced to life for the premeditated murder of Camron.
Judge Yasmin Shenaz Meer postponed the matter to 14 August, as she is waiting for a report from the probation officer.
Robyn lured Camron away from a galley fire in Ocean View on 1 July 2017, under the pretence her father was calling her.
Camron’s half-naked body was found the next day in bushes along Slangkop Street.