South African man sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for strangling his girlfriend to d�ath and dumping her body in bush

The Sekgosese Regional Court in Limpopo, South Africa, arrested a 26-year-old man, Mojalefa Stoffel Sebashe, for the 2019 murder of his girlfriend.

The defendant was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday, November 22, 2023.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba, in a statement on Thursday, said Sebashe strangled his 28-year-old girlfriend to death.

“The court heard that on the night of December 2, 2019, the accused (Sebashe) strangled his girlfriend at his parents’ home in Senwamokgope, Vaalwater village, and thereafter dumped her body in the nearby bushes,” Mashaba said.

The court heard that the body of the murdered woman was discovered by a member of the community the next day in the morning.

The police were then called to the scene and, upon arrival, opened a homicide case and began investigations.

Mashaba said that when an investigating officer was appointed, Sebashe was arrested in connection with the murder shortly afterwards, but the case against him was withdrawn provincially pending further police investigations.

“The accused appeared in court several times before he was finally convicted and sentenced to 15 years direct imprisonment on Tuesday, November 22,” Mashaba said.

Meanwhile, Limpopo provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, welcomed Sebashe’s conviction and sentence.

She emphasized that gender-based violence and femicide “have no place in our society.”


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