Thursday, 09 September 2021

Bethlehem: The Bloemfontein High court, sitting in Bethlehem, finalized two Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases in two consecutive days.

In one of the cases, the accused was sentenced to two life imprisonment, while in the other one, the accused was slapped with thirty years imprisonment. The sentences were passed on the 07th and 9th September 2021, consecutively.

In the first incident; it was discovered during trial that on 30 November 2019, accused Raphepane Petrus Tsolo (46) handed himself over to the police in Senekal. This was after he fatally stabbed his wife, Mookgo Anna Mzizi (34) several times with a knife.

The deceased’s body was found near the Clinic in Matwabeng; Senekal. He appeared in court charged with pre-meditated murder and his bail was denied until he was successfully sentenced to thirty (30) years direct imprisonment on the 07th September 2021.

In the second incident; the victim managed to crawl from the bushes in Rosendal where the accused, Mpho Majoba (29), left her to die after cutting her throat.

During trial, it was revealed that on the 29 March 2021 Majoba kidnapped and slit the throat of the victim before he raped and robbed her of her two cellphones. She managed to crawl to the road where she was assisted by a farmer who called an ambulance and the matter was reported to the police.

Because she was struggling to speak, she managed to write on the piece of paper and gave description of the suspect. This led to the arrest of Majoba on the same day. He made his first appearance on 06 April 2021 and stayed behind bars until he was sentenced today, 09 September 2021. His sentence is as follows:

  • Count 1: Attempted murder: 10 years imprisonment;
  • Count 2: Rape x 2: life imprisonment;
  • Count 3: Kidnapping: 3 years imprisonment; and
  • Count 4: Robbery aggravating: 15 years imprisonment.

The sentence will run concurrently.

“The sentencing came at the right time for Gender Based Violence perpetrators and will send a strong and clear message to want to be criminals that crime against women and children doesn’t pay as justice will always prevail.” said the Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Baile Motswenyane.