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2023/08/17      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 16 August 2023 - Nomfundo Mahlangu (23) a grade 12 learner at Sidlamafa Secondary School, Kamhlushwa in 2021 narrowly escaped death when severely hacked several times by her alleged boyfriend in  her place of residence. Nomfundo was slashed repeatedly on her head and arms, causing a fructure on her hand as well as serious ear injuries. The alleged ex-boyfriend fled the scene. Kamhlushwa detectives worked tirelessly to locate the suspect who was arrested a year later, in November 2022 from his hiding place in Carolina.

The suspect, Doctor Khoza (26) was found guilty in Nkomazi Regional Court yesterday, Tuesday 15 August 2023 and sentenced to ten years direct imprisonment. Khoza was further declared unfit to possess a firearm.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela commended the investigation team for the hard work. "We as the SAPS management in Mpumalanga Province welcome the sentence and strongly believe that perpetrators of Gender Based Violence as well as those who abuse women and children will get a lesson from this sentence," said the General.