My girlfriend hit me - murder-accused DJ

2015-08-07 13:10
Donald Sebolai. (Facebook)

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Johannesburg - His girlfriend was jealous and often hit him, former Jozi FM DJ and murder-accused Donald Sebolai testified on Friday.

He painted Dolly Tshabalala as a jealous girlfriend who enjoyed her alcohol, at times physically assaulted him and accused him of sleeping around.

Yet, in the end, they always patched things up because of "love", he told the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge.

He always wanted to protect her, the DJ added.

On one occasion, he alleged had to save her from a friend of his, Sizwe, who had tried to take advantage of her as she slept at the back of her car, passed out after a night of heavy drinking.

"Sizwe and I had been drinking liquor. It was at night. Dolly arrived at my place and said she had come to fetch me. She wanted us to go back to the place where she had been drinking," said Sebolai.

"I could see Dolly was drunk and I asked myself how she had driven in the condition she was in," Sebolai told the court, adding Tshabalala was loud and had staggered into the house.

Sebolai said he convinced Tshabalala to not go back to where she had initially been drinking and suggested they go drinking at a place closer to where he lived.

The three of them went to Ben's Place, a nearby establishment where they were joined by other friends.

'Drunk and tired'

"I later took Dolly to the car, because she was drunk and tired. She would lay her head on the table and one could see she was tired," Sebolai said.

"While she was lying like that, I said: 'Lala, let me take you to the car so you can rest a bit'," Sebolai said.

"I got up with Dolly and Sizwe. Sizwe said he was also feeling tired. We went to the car and I put Dolly in the back seat."

Sizwe decided to sleep in the front passenger seat of the car while Dolly lay at the back.

"I said I would come back and check on how you are feeling," Sebolai testified. He went back inside.

A short while later, Sebolai said he went outside to have a smoke and check on Tshabalala.

As he stood outside smoking, he looked towards the car parked about six metres from him.

"I could no longer see Sizwe in the front seat, where I had left him but he was at the back seat of the car,"  said Sebolai.

"When I saw him at that back, I thought Dolly is drunk and has no idea what is happening around her and Sizwe may try to take advantage of her, and have sex with her without her consent,"  said Sebolai.

He went to the car where he yanked open the door and asked his friend: "Man, what are you doing at the back now?"

'Drinking will hurt you'

Sebolai said his friend did not respond and he dragged him out of the car.

He checked on Tshabalala who was still passed out on the backseat. 

"Dolly's belt was untied, the belt to her jeans was unbuttoned and her zip was also opened," said Sebolai.

He pulled her out of the car, where he tried to wake her up, making sure she was okay.

He scolded at her, telling her her drinking would get her hurt.

An argument ensued between the two, resulting in Sebolai slapping her around. Tshabalala retaliated. 

Sebolai is now on trial for Tshabalala's murder. 

She was found stabbed in his flat in Jabulani, Soweto, on June 29, 2014 and he was arrested on July 8 after being on the run.

Investigating officer Constable Oupa Khubeka, told the court during Sebolai’s bail application last year Tshabalala’s wounds were horrific.

"She was stabbed in her private parts. The stab wounds start from the genitals to the right thigh. These were deep wounds that showed the amount of violence that took place."

Read more on:    donald sebolai  |  johannesburg  |  crime

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