Hefty sentences for women killers


SOUTH African courts have handed down hefty sentences to two men who killed women in the most gruesome manner.

Today, Dumisani Mkhwanazi, who killed Palesa Madiba, a University of Johannesburg student, and buried her in a shallow grave, was sentenced to an effective 31 years in prison for his crimes.

Madiba had been visiting Mkhwanazi’s niece, Tshidi, when she was attacked and killed. Mkhwanazi then buried her in the yard in Phiri, Soweto. Her remains were found two years after she disappeared.

Judge Prince Manyathi sentenced Mkhwanazi (37) to:

  • 20 years for murder.
  • 3 years for theft of a cellphone.
  • 8 years for defeating the ends of justice.
  • 10 years for possession of an unlicensed firearm.
  • 2 years for the possession of ammunition.

The sentences add up to 43 years but Judge Manyathi ruled that they should run concurrently, meaning that Mkhwanazi will spend an effective 31 years behind bars.

 On Thursday, Mpho Thobane, who killed his girlfriend Viwe Dalingozi and set her alight,  was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court for the 2018 crime.

Thobane, a father of three with a previous conviction of assault, was described by the court as a coward and a cold blooded killer. 

Magistrate Hambokazi Twele said: “You are not only a cold blooded killer but indeed you are also a coward. You had direct intentions of killing her. She looked to you for protecting her, but you petrol over her, and set her alight  in her own private space. What is aggravating is that the accused was her lover, but failed to protect her. The cruel and painful part about the death of the deceased at the hands of her lover is that she was killed at a place she thought was safe. After her house was set alight, you failed to rescue, secure and assist her. The callous and heartless attitude by not checking on her condition and running away to Limpopo was a clear proof of lack of remorse.”

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