Fifteen years behind bars for Limpopo man who killed wife and made it look like a suicide

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The murder took place in January 2019. (Photo: iStock)
The murder took place in January 2019. (Photo: iStock)
  • A Limpopo man was sentenced to 15 years in jail for murdering his wife. 
  • His wife was killed in January 2019. 
  • The woman was found hanging from the roof. 

A 39-year-old man Limpopo man has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars for the 2019 murder of his wife, police said on Monday.

The Limpopo High Court in Polokwane jailed Lesetja Mogau Chaba after finding that he murdered his wife, Lerato Ntjana Chaba, in their home in Lebowakgomo Section S in January 2019.

He hanged her and made it look like a suicide.

"He, thereafter, left and went to his parents' house at Seleteng gaMphahlele. While at his parents' house, he then contacted his neighbours, alleging that he is trying to contact his wife, and there is no response. His neighbour quickly went to check, and the deceased was found hang[ing] from the roof," police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said.

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However, after further investigations were conducted, the man was linked to the murder.

Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the investigating officer in the case.  

"As we are currently implementing vigorous plans to fight the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide, this sentence will send a clear message that the police are more than determined to crack any such cases and bring the culprits to book."


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