The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant- General Semakaleng Manamela sends a strong warning to men to stop killing their wives or girlfriends. The warning by the Lieutenant-General comes after a 41-year-old man who murdered his 42-year-old ex-girlfriend in February, last year, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The sentence was handed down on Monday, the 19th of July 2021, by the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court which was sitting in Graskop.
The dreadful event occurred in Buffelshoek, Acornhoek near Bushbuckridge. It is alleged that the accused gained entry through a window, found the victim with her two daughters but, the daughters managed to escape to seek for help whilst the accused heartlessly attacked the defenceless victim and brutally stabbed her repeatedly. By the time neighbours arrived, the victim had already sustained gruesome injuries and was bleeding profusely.
The accused then fled from the scene when he noticed the presence of the victim’s neighbours. Police and emergency services were alerted about the incident, but unfortunately, the victim was certified dead at the scene. A case of murder was registered and the police immediately commenced with their investigation and launched a search party for the accused.
Police management assembled a formidable team of members who worked tirelessly, knitted all the dots and managed to make a breakthrough when they sniffed Molobela out from his hiding place in Pienaar near Nelspruit a few weeks later. He was positively linked to the murder, charged accordingly and appeared before court hence his sentencing.
He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, for trespassing, house breaking with intent to commit murder as well as murder. He was also found to be unfit to possess a firearm.
Lieutenant-General 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,” she said.
“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.