DJ Donald's murder trial postponed

By Drum Digital
09 February 2015

The murder trial of Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai was postponed by the Johannesburg High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Monday.

The murder trial of Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai was postponed by the Johannesburg High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Monday.

Prosecutor Elize le Roux told the court she would head the State's case and had filed a new indictment.

She asked that the matter be postponed to May 11, when the trial would run until May 29. Sebolai's lawyer Thabang Mathaopo agreed.

The court was packed to capacity for the appearance of Sebolai, who wore a denim shirt and cream white pants. As soon as the matter was adjourned, his supporters filed out of the gallery, leaving it almost empty.

Sebolai, who has fathered three children with three women, is accused of stabbing his girlfriend Rachel Dolly Tshabalala to death in his flat in Jabulani, Soweto, on June 29 last year.

During his bail application in July, investigating officer Constable Oupa Khubeka told the court the wounds Tshabalala suffered were horrendous.

"She was stabbed in her private parts. I attended when the post mortem report was presented," he said at the time.

"The stab wounds start from the genitals to the right thigh. These were deep wounds that showed the amount of violence that took place."

She was found in a pool of blood in bed. Blood had been wiped off the floors in the flat, Khubeka said.

A neighbour had told the police Sebolai was seen around 10am loading what looked like clothes into his girlfriend's car, Khubeka said. Sebolai did not own a car.

"The vehicle was found dumped on the same day in an open veld in Central Western Jabavu. Police found a bloodstained steak knife in the car and many clothes loaded in the back seat, including his shoes."

Tshabalala's pyjama pants, her gown and a towel, all blood-soaked, were in the car.

The clothing and the towel were taken for DNA analysis, Khubeka said.

During the bail application, Sebolai said he would plead not guilty.

He was initially denied bail, but was granted R10,000 bail last month.

It was reported that the decision to grant him bail came after blood DNA samples of both he and Tshabalala were found on her clothing.

His bail was extended.

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