Emotional farewell for killer DJ Sebolai

2016-03-04 16:27
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Sentenced to 20 years, DJ Donald maintains innocence

2016-03-04 15:41

DJ Donald Sebolai maintains his innocence in the face of a 20 year sentence for murder handed down on Friday, 4 March 2016. WATCH

Johannesburg - Convicted murderer Donald Sebolai on Friday bid an emotional goodbye to his family, and a woman believed to be his new girlfriend, after being handed a 25-year jail sentence for killing his previous girlfriend.

Sebolai held onto the woman. She comforted him, wiping his face and whispering in his ear as he allowed his body to collapse into hers.

The woman had religiously attended Sebolai's trial, always sitting directly behind the dock in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge.

On Friday, friends and relatives of Sebolai's slain girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala hurled comments at the couple, advising the young woman to find another man as she would never hold Sebolai again.

The former Jozi FM DJ, who rose to fame for his popular gospel show and acts of kindness in the community, was on Friday sentenced to an effective 20 years behind bars.

Judge Cassim Moosa sentenced him to 20 years for the murder of Tshabalala in June 2014. He was handed another five years for defeating the ends of justice by going on the run. The sentences would run concurrently.

Moosa called him a coward for fleeing the scene of the crime.

"He intended for her to die. Nothing more. Nothing less," Moosa said.

He stroked his mother’s neck as he spoke to media following Friday’s proceedings.

Battling his emotions, Sebolai said: "it was just a fight". He said he was shocked by the sentence.

"I didn't expect it," he said, blinking rapidly.

He intended to appeal the sentence and hoped Tshabalala's family would forgive him.

Tshabalala's mother, Elizabeth Marawa, was not happy with the sentence.

"Maybe 50 years would have been better. His family can still visit him, but I have to visit my child at the graveyard," she said. She wore a black and white outfit and large glasses.

Sebolai was found guilty of Tshabalala's murder in October last year. She bled to death in his bed after suffering a stab wound to the pelvic area. He failed to take her to a hospital, which was less than 1km down the road.

During his trial, Sebolai admitted that during their short relationship he slapped Tshabalala a few times to get her in line. He described her as a loving woman who was extremely jealous, especially of his fans.

The couple consumed alcohol together quite often and had been drinking shortly before she died. Moosa, however, said she was only slightly over the legal alcohol limit for driving.

Sebolai had told the court that the couple had on several occasions had threesomes with Tshabalala's childhood friend, Nonhlanhla Mkhize, a claim Mkhize denied.

Mkhize was in court on Friday and joined Tshabalala's family in singing a gospel song after the sentencing.

"We thank you Lord, Hallelujah, Amen," they sang, whistled and danced in the hallway outside the courtoom.

The elated crowd, most of whom were wearing T-shirts with a picture of Tshabalala's face, said they were happy to see justice had been served. They planned to host a large celebration in her memory.

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