Cop lied about me hating women, says murder accused DJ

2015-08-19 21:15
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Johannesburg - Murder accused DJ Donald Sebolai on Wednesday accused the investigating officer in his case of not properly taking down his statement, failing to correctly note his injuries and lying to the court.

The investigating officer had previously testified that shortly after his arrest, Sebolai had banged on a desk and told him that he hated women because they got him into trouble.

"I insist on this one. The investigating officer is lying," Sebolai told the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge.

"Firstly, my mother is a woman. Secondly, I value women. Thirdly, I chose to work with women more than men and I worked comfortably with them.

"And I also have a daughter, who will grow up to be a woman. Why would I hate women?" he said.

Tshabalala's mother, who took her usual spot in the third row of the court gallery, expressed disapproval at Sebolai's testimony by clicking her tongue loudly. 

Meanwhile, a female companion who always arrives at the court with Sebolai and his aunt, occupied the first row of the gallery. 

After days on the stand, Sebolai's cross-examination drew to an end.

The former Jozi FM DJ is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend, Dolly Tshabalala, at his flat in Soweto last year following an argument between them.

He has testified that Tshabalala had accused him of cheating on her.

She was found in a pool of blood in his bed with a stab wound from her pubic area to her thigh. She had bled to death.

Sebolai was arrested nine days later after a reward had been issued. The case made headlines in the media.

'I did not commit a crime'

He has also told the court that he never evaded police, but instead spent days wandering around the streets of Soweto, shocked by his girlfriend's death.

"As I have already told this court, I cannot remember some things, but I do have some flashbacks and at one point I remember being at a park," he said.

"Any spot that I could find, when I sat down I would fall asleep, day or night."

As he delivered his testimony on Wednesday, Sebolai changed evidence which he had given during his bail application - that he had seen newspaper placards about his girlfriend's killing and the police search for him.

Sebolai said he, in fact, had no knowledge of being a wanted man.

He stuck to his story that he did not kill Tshabalala. He said she was injured as the two of them struggled for the steak knife she had used to stab Sebolai on his hands.

"I did not commit a crime," he said.

"It was a mistake because we were struggling over the knife."

"So she is partly to blame for her death?" prosecutor Elize le Roux asked Sebolai.

"Yes," he replied confidently through an interpreter.

The trial was scheduled to continue on Thursday when Sebolai would be re-examined. 

The defence was expected to call a few more witnesses before wrapping up its case.

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