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The High Court of South Africa in North West, sitting at the Garankuwa, sentenced Lesley Tsholofelo Mabalane (47), to 25 years for murder and a further 10 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances on Friday, 24 June 2022.

NPA Regional Spokesperson Henry Mamothame says the matter relates to an incident that happened in Mabopane in October 2017, when Mabalane went to the house of Tlhomelang Selina Mmule, who was his lover and demanded to speak to her. At that moment, Mmule had just returned from a night shift, where she works as a nurse and was preparing to go shopping with her daughter, later during that day she realised that her mother is not coming, she called her to no avail, she then went home and upon arrival she found her younger brother and her neighbour outside indicating that they could not access the house. The three peeped through the window and found her lying on the floor, motionless with bleeding stab wounds.

He says the police investigations led them to Mabalane’s home, where he was staying with his parents. They found Mmule’s cellphone and purse hidden under the pillow in his bedroom. Mabalane was described as a jealous partner, who was abusive towards the deceased.

Advocate Takalani Muneri argued for a minimum prescribed sentence for murder, however, Judge Francis Snyman, deemed it appropriate to sentence Mabalane to 25 years, after considering all factors surrounding the case, as well as the probation officer’s report, which declared Mabalane as a candidate for rehabilitation.

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