Sebolai's lawyer pleads for leniency

2016-02-18 13:15
Donald Sebolai in court. (Naledi Shange, News24)

Donald Sebolai in court. (Naledi Shange, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The lawyer of convicted murderer Donald Sebolai on Thursday asked the court to consider giving him a sentence lighter than the prescribed minimum of 15 years.

Thabang Mathopo told the court that the former Jozi FM DJ had a lot of responsibilities. He supported his three children, his parents and the children of his deceased sister.

Mathopo told the court that as a first time offender, he could be rehabilitated in a shorter space of time. He added that Sebolai had shown a great deal of remorse following the death of his girlfriend, Dolly Tshabalala.

He said Tshabalala's death was an "unfortunate occurrence" and that Sebolai had loved her.

His client was not a violent man and this was attested to by the mother of his child as well as Tshabalala's own mother.

Tshabalala was found lying in a pool of blood in Sebolai's Soweto flat in June 2014.

She had been stabbed in the pelvic area. The knife had severed a main artery and she bled to death.

Sebolai has maintained that he did not kill Tshabalala.

He claimed that she was stabbed as the two of them wrestled over a knife which she had used to stab him as she accused him of cheating.

Read more on:    donald sebolai

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.