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2021/07/22      |  Written By:  Brigadier L Hlathi   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

NELSPRUIT - The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela sends a strong warning to men to deceit from killing their wives or girlfriends. The warning by the General comes after a 41-year-old man who murdered his 42-year-old ex-girlfriend on 22 February 2020, was sentenced to 20 years to languish in prison. The sentence was handed down on Monday, 19 July 2021, by the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court which was sitting in Graskop.

The dreadful event occurred at Buffelshoek in Acornhoek near Bushbuckridge where on that fateful day, the accused gained entry through a window, found the victim with her two daughters but, they managed to escape to seek for help whilst Molobela heartlessly attacked the defenseless victim, brutally stabbed her repeatedly. By the time neighbours arrived, the victim had already sustained gruesome injuries and was bleeding profusely.

Molobela then absconded the scene when he noticed the presence of the victim's neighbours. Police and emergency services were alerted about the incident however, the victim was unfortunately certified dead at the scene. A case docket of murder was registered and police immediately commenced with their investigation where they launched a search party for Molobela.

Police management assembled a formidable team of astute members who worked tirelessly, knitted all the dots and managed to make a breakthrough when they sniffed Molobela out from his hiding place at Pienaar near Nelspruit on 25 February 2020. He was positively linked to the murder, charged accordingly and appeared before court hence his sentence as follows:

For trespassing, house breaking with intent to commit murder as well as murder, the accused was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. Molobela was further found to be unfit to possess a firearm.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela, has applauded SAPS members, National Prosecuting Authority as well as the Judiciary for the sterling work done which led to the well-deserved sentence. "Gender-Based-Violence remains a big challenge in our society as it often results in children being turned into orphans and leaves indelible scars to many families.

Opinion leaders as well as civil society are urged to come on board, joining hands with government with a view to eradicate this pandemic. Everyone should be an activist against GBV and I find it very strange how some men accept it as normal, that when there is a dispute between them and their wives or girlfriends, they think the best remedy is to kill their women. As a woman myself and having worked as a police officer for many years, it pains me to see our country sliding into a war zone where women are targeted and brutally killed. REAL MEN CANNOT KILL THEIR LOVED ONES," concluded General Manamela.