DJ's girlfriend stabbed him during quarrel, court hears

2015-08-11 19:41
Donald Sebolai (Picture: Facebook)

Donald Sebolai (Picture: Facebook)

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Johannesburg - Former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai told a court on Tuesday that his girlfriend, Dolly Tshabalala, had stabbed him during a quarrel.

Testifying in the High Court in Johannesburg sitting in Palm Ridge, Sebolai explained that he and Tshabalala had just returned from a night of drinking when they got into an argument. He said the argument was predominantly about him having his son over for the school holidays.

Sebolai told the court that Tshabalala had accused him of wanting to cheat on her with the mother of one of his three children.

The DJ told the court that Tshabalala had insulted him and charged at him with a bread knife as he sat on the couch in his lounge at his Soweto flat.

"When we were having the exchange of words, she was at the bedroom door... She had just put on her pyjama trouser. She moved from the door and pulled out a knife from the stand," Sebolai told the court through an interpreter.

'She flung the knife at me'

"After pulling the knife from the knife block, she did not stop, she moved straight to where I was. She was rushing towards me as if to stab me."

He said, at that point, he was not really afraid.

"I thought I would be able to overpower her and I also thought she was just trying to scare me. She flung the knife at me," said Sebolai.

By this time, Tshabalala was swearing at him.

"I got up from the couch because I realised that she was really going to stab me. As I got up, she [tried to stab me] again and I moved backwards and the knife missed me. I fell backwards onto the couch.

"I pushed her back and asked her what she was doing. She lowered the knife and I moved forward," said Sebolai.

"At this point, I was grabbing onto her hand which had the knife and I remember her saying, 'You are hurting me'. I told her to let go of the knife," Sebolai said.

He squeezed her hand, forcing her to drop the knife on the floor.

Sebolai said he picked it up and placed it on the table, took out a cigarette and lit it inside the house.

Throughout this, the couple continued to argue.

"I think I provoked her by saying that, 'You can go to hell. My child is coming'," said Sebolai.

After this, Tshabalala dashed for the kitchen, where she returned with a steak knife.

"She was walking fast and ready to stab when she walked back to me. I looked at her face and she looked angry. I tried to stand up," he said, holding back his tears.

The prosecutor however seemed unmoved by Sebolai's emotional outburst as he choked up and held a tissue to his face.

'I cannot see a single tear'

Prosecutor Elize le Roux requested that the judge note how Sebolai was "trying his best to cry".

"I cannot see a single tear," she said.

Judge Cassim Moosa, however, said it seemed as though Sebolai was distressed by the incident.

Sebolai is on trial for Tshabalala's murder. She was found stabbed in the thigh and vagina on his bed in his Soweto flat in June last year.

Sebolai has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Shaking his head, he continued with his testimony. He told the court that the blade of the steak knife was about 15cm long.

"As she came for me, she missed. I fell on the couch. When I got up I pushed her. She came back again and was stabbing me. I blocked with my right hand," Sebolai said. 

"I was stabbed on the fingers on my right hand as I blocked the knife. From there, she came for me again, but missed. She attempted to stab again and I grabbed the knife with my right hand," Sebolai said.

Tshabalala allegedly twisted the knife, tearing into his clenched fist.

"I let it go and she came back for me again. She missed," said Sebolai.

He said he grabbed her hand and a struggle ensued.

'I then saw blood running down her right thigh'

As the couple fought, the blade was now facing backwards towards Tshabalala.

"I wanted to take the knife from her. I tried to pull it from her," said Sebolai.

"At first I tried to press her hand, but I couldn't because I was injured on my fingers and I was bleeding.

She kept pulling the knife back towards her," Sebolai said.

At that moment, he heard Tshabalala make a sound.

"I then saw blood running down her right thigh," Sebolai said.

He said he was gripped with fear as he saw the blood.

Throughout his testimony, Tshabalala's mother gasped as she sat in the third row of the court gallery.

Sebolai's case was postponed to Tuesday at 14:00, when he was expected to continue giving evidence.

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