Man guilty of murdering wife

2017-11-01 06:00
Maphaboli Godfrey Maphobole in court. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

Maphaboli Godfrey Maphobole in court. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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Murder accused Maphaboli Godfrey Maphobole is waiting for sentencing after the Bloemfontein High Court found him guilty of causing the death of his wife, Thulani Gqamane, in November 2015.

The court found the accused guilty on a charge of culpable homicide.

Maphobole was married to Gqamane (26) for seven months.

He appeared over two days in the Free State court for the murder trial of his wife before Judge S. Che­siwe.

Having begun on Monday (30/10), the murder trial lasted just two days instead of five after the accused pleaded guilty to murdering his wife on 28 November 2015.

He faced charges of involuntary manslaughter during his appearance and was also charged with desecrating a corpse after setting the body of the victim on fire at a Winburg landfill site.

Maphobole had put the deceased’s body in his car and drove to his hometown of Winburg.

Some of the homeless people residing near the landfill called the police upon discovering the body in flames.

The court heard that Maphobole had poured petrol over the body at the landfill in Winburg and then set it ablaze.

During the trial proceedings, the court heard that the accused had banged his wife’s head against a wall while the couple were having a heated argument.

The woman had died due to the impact.

The incident had taken place at the couple’s house in Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein.

Further police investigations uncovered CCTV footage showing Maphobole buying petrol at a local filling station in Bloemfontein.

The petrol was in a five litre container.

The accused was released on bail of R20 000 while awaiting the start of the murder trial following the death of his wife.

Both Maphobole and his wife had been employees at the ANC-led Tokologo Municipality, administering the towns of Boshof, ­Dealesville and Hertzogville.

The accused had held the influential position of senior director at the municipality, while his wife was a junior auditor.

Maphobole has since left the municipality.

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