Nothing sinister about my conduct - DJ Sebolai

2015-08-17 19:02
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Johannesburg - Murder-accused DJ Donald Sebolai said on Monday he saw nothing sinister about his conduct following the death of his girlfriend, Dolly Tshabalala.

Sebolai told the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, that he placed his bloody trousers in the dustbin, stashed the bathroom carpets soaked with his girlfriend's blood into his washing machine and placed the alleged murder weapon in the cubby hole of her car.

He then drove the vehicle and dumped it close to some houses, leaving it unlocked.

Asked why he had done all of those things, Sebolai said: "I told myself that when I get back from [taking her to] the hospital, I will switch on the washing machine and wash them."

He said he had removed the steak knife from the house because he wanted to take it with him to the hospital to show the medics what had injured her.

"I threw my pants away because they had blood on them," Sebolai said.

"Had I wanted to conceal evidence, I would not have placed them in the bin, but I would have thrown them in the bushes," he said.

Pleaded not guilty

Sebolai, however, did not take his girlfriend Tshabalala to the hospital. In his previous testimony, he said he had returned from the car to find her dead.

The former Jozi FM DJ, who is on trial for Tshabalala's murder, also faces two other charges. He is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice and the theft of her car.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Under cross-examination by prosecutor Elize le Roux, Sebolai denied that he had dumped Tshabalala's car in the hope that it would be stolen.

"At the time, the only thing that was going through my mind was the incident," he said, referring to Tshabalala's killing.

She was stabbed from her pelvic bone to her thigh, resulting in the puncture to a vein and an artery.

She died from severe blood loss.

'I did not think it was a serious wound'

Sebolai has testified that Tshabalala was injured as the two of them struggled over a knife, which she had used to stab him while accusing him of cheating.

Her body was found in his blood-soaked bed of his flat in Soweto in June last year.

Sebolai said he had not thought of rushing her to the hospital immediately as he didn't think her injuries were serious.

"With the little knowledge that I have, I saw that she was bleeding from the thigh. I did not think it was a serious wound," he said through an interpreter.

He said that had the injury been to the upper body, he would have acted quicker.

Tshabalala died as Sebolai allegedly mopped her blood from the floor while she lay on his bed.

Sebolai was eventually cornered in Dube, Soweto, by the police.

He claimed to have been on his way to the police station to hand himself over.

Thought of suicide

Sebolai disputed evidence given by Tshabalala's best friend, Nonhlanhla Mkhize, that he had told her during a telephone conversation that he was thinking of fleeing the country to Botswana where he had relatives.

Le Roux pointed out a number of discrepancies in Sebolai's testimony.

She told the court that during his bail application, Sebolai had admitted that he had thought of suicide or of fleeing the country during the nine days that he wandered the streets of Soweto without any food, water or shelter.

Sebolai said this had just been a thought.

He was expected back on the stand when the case resumed on Wednesday.

The matter would not sit on Tuesday because Sebolai's lawyer had other commitments in a different court.

Sebolai, however, has indicated through his lawyer that he is fast running out of funds for legal fees.

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