DJ's murder testimony delayed

2015-08-06 14:27
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Johannesburg - Friends and family of both DJ Donald Sebolai and his late girlfriend, Rachel Dolly Tshabalala, would have to wait another day to hear his version of what happened on the day he was alleged to have murdered her. 

Sebolai's case was briefly heard in the High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge, on Thursday morning. 

Judge Cassim Moosa quickly postponed the matter as the prosecutor, Elize le Roux, was still busy with another case in a separate court. 

The State on Wednesday wrapped up its case against Sebolai, and the former Jozi FM DJ had taken the stand as the first witness in the defence's case. 

Led in his evidence-in-chief by his lawyer, Thabang Mathopo, Sebolai started to tell the court about his love for God and his life as a DJ for the Soweto-based radio station. Sebolai hosted a gospel music show.

He had not yet told the court his version of what happened on June 29 2014 when Tshabalala was found murdered in his flat in Soweto. 

The DJ also faced charges of theft and defeating the ends of justice for allegedly stealing Tshabalala’s car and tampering with the crime scene.

He was arrested several days after Tshabalala's gruesome killing. 

During Sebolai's bail application last year, Constable Oupa Khubeka painted a horrible picture of the condition of Tshabalala's body when she was found. 

"She was stabbed in her private parts," Khubeka said at the time. 

He said the stab wounds started from the genitals and went all the way to her right thigh. The depth of the wounds showed that great force had been used.

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

Her car was found dumped in another part of Soweto. Tshabalala's blood-soaked pyjama pants, her gown, a towel as well as a bloodied knife were all found in the car.

The DJ is currently out on R10 000 bail. 

His case would continue on Friday. 

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