‘He is like a psychopath’ – Karabo Mokoena’s family on Sandile Mantsoe after his sentencing

2018-05-03 16:36
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After more than a year since the brutal murder of their daughter Karabo Mokoena, her family now believe that can begin to find closure after her boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe was found guilty and handed a 32-year sentence for her murder.

The 28-year forex trader was sentenced to a cumulative 32-years behind bars after being found guilty of murder, defeating the ends of justice and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Taking the stand in final arguments, Mantsoe apologised to the Mokoena family for burning their 22-year-old daughter in 2017 but stopped short of confessing to murder, insisting he did not kill Karabo.

Reflecting on Mantsoe sentence, Karabo’s Uncle Tshepo Mokoena says the family just want to put the whole ordeal behind them.

“It’s been very hard,” Karabo’s paternal uncle said, “There are lots of cases that are unresolved and we are happy as a family that the case has been resolved and we are going to find closure.”

In handing down sentencing, acting Judge Peet Johnson described Mantsoe as a ‘devil in disguise’ for believing his money would see him escape punishment, adding that the father of three deserved nothing less than a harsh punishment as he is a danger to society.

One accusation Mantose put to the Mokoena family was that Karabo was abused by her father Thabang Mokoena, but her younger brother Tshepo Mokoena insists the family never once thought the patriarch would hurt his daughter in any way.

“It’s been very tough for all of us. You heard the judge say Sandile insulted the entire family and our father, so it’s been very tough and difficult,” he said outside the Johannesburg South high court.

“But that didn’t bother us that much because we know that Karabo has a bubbly and loving father. He is a very kind man with lots of humour. So that didn’t bother us, I know my father more than anyone else.”

Mantsoe's defense team has indicated in that it will apply for leave to appeal both his conviction and sentence.

However, for younger sister Bontle, Mantsoe has shown no sympathy for the pain and hurt he caused the Mokoena family.

“Sandile was never remorseful. He’s like a psychopath, I don’t even know how to describe the person that he is. It’s funny how he says that she was such a great person but yet you kill her. Does that make any sense whatsoever? It’s a contradiction.”

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