Police management welcomes life sentence imposed against a man who murdered his girlfriend in a bus.

Police management welcomes life sentence imposed against a man who murdered his girlfriend in a bus.
NELSPRUIT – The police management in Mpumalanga has welcomed the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court’s sentence to a man who murdered his ex-girlfriend for ending their relationship. 28-year old Titos Timtos Thabo was sentenced to life on Wednesday, the 2nd of December, 2020 for brutally stabbing 27-year old Phindile Portia Mahlangu. The incident took place on the 6th of January, this year in Vaalbank near KwaMhlanga in a moving bus which had other passengers.
The court heard about how on the day, Thabo took a bus which was travelling from Pretoria to KwaMhlanga, which Mahlangu had also taken. He then sat on a separate seat from Mahlangu and he sat at a seperate seat away from her. It is said that when the bus reached Almansdrift C most passengers got off and only a few passengers remained, including Thabo and Mahlangu.
Thabo then stood up and walked towards Mahlangu where an argument ensued about the decision she took regarding their relationship, he then slapped her before stabbing her with a knife several times. Terrified passengers screamed for help, the bus driver also attempted to stop the bus so he could intervene but Thabo instructed the driver to continue driving while he went on stabbing Mahlangu in spite of her pleading for her life.
Once he was done, he told the driver to stop, he got off the bus and went home. Mahlangu, who was bleeding profusely, was assisted at a nearby house where she was then taken to the nearest clinic. Unfortunately, she later succumbed to her injuries. The incident was reported to the police and a murder case was opened. After being informed by his brother that the police and the community members were looking for him concerning the Mahlangu’s murder, he requested his brother to accompany him to the Vaalbank police station where he handed himself over.
The accused was also found to be unfit to possess a firearm.
When handing down the sentence, Judge Thando Mankge quoted the Statistician General in saying that a society free of fear of crime is tantamount to growing the economy because fear of crime limits women when it comes to engaging in economic activities. She further sent a warning that tourists will be sceptical to visit South Africa if Gender-Based Violence crimes in the country are mostly flagged on the global map.
The police management trusts that the sentence will bring hope to victims of GBV and send a strong message to perpetrators of all forms of crime, especially when such crime is directed towards women and children, that severe punishment exists for such offenders.

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