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2021/08/19      |  Written By:  Colonel D Mdhluli   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

NELSPRUIT - The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has welcomed a life sentence handed down by the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court which was sitting at Breyten to a man who murdered the mother of his daughter at Emzinoni near Bethal on 3 September 2018. The sentence was imposed on Tuesday, 17 August 2021. 

The decision to sentence the 30-year-old man (his name is withheld for protection of the minor) was reached after overwhelming evidence was presented in court which revealed details on how he brutally stabbed his 23-year-old partner to death.  

It is said that on the day at about 09:00am the man went to visit the mother of his child, who was residing with her aunt as well as her two year old child at Emzinoni. An argument ensued between them in the presence of their child which turned violent and he brutally stabbed her. He then fled the scene, leaving her bleeding profusely with the toddler next to her. 

Later in the afternoon her aunt returned home from work and discovered her lifeless body in a pool of blood. The police at Emzinoni as well as the paramedics were informed about the incident and the woman was certified dead at the scene and a murder case opened. The case docket was assigned to the Mpumalanga Provincial Investigation Unit.

A manhunt was launched for the suspect and the astute members made a breakthrough and arrested him at Embalenhle in August 2020. He was charged for murder and went on trial.  The state presented a watertight case against the accused and he was eventually convicted and sentenced as follows:

He was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder charge. The court also declared him as unfit to possess a firearm.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Manamela has further praised the team of Detectives, the Prosecution Team as well as the Judiciary for their hardwork which resulted in this hefty sentence. The General sent a warning as well that the perpetrators of crimes relating to Gender-Based-Violence should know that severe punishment exists for such offenders.