Mpumalanga man sentenced to life in prison for stabbing ex-lover to death

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In aggravation of sentence during sentencing proceedings, prosecutor advocate Vuyo Mkhulisi emphasised the scourge and prevalence of gender-based violence in society.
In aggravation of sentence during sentencing proceedings, prosecutor advocate Vuyo Mkhulisi emphasised the scourge and prevalence of gender-based violence in society.
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  • The Mpumalanga High Court has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for the murder of his former lover.
  • Shorence Delson Nghala pleaded guilty to murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
  • According to his plea statement, Nghala got angry after he found his ex-lover with her new boyfriend.

A 50-year-old man from Mpumalanga was sentenced to life imprisonment for stabbing his ex-lover to death in the presence of her new boyfriend in 2020.

The Mpumalanga High Court sitting in Graskop sentenced Shorence Delson Nghala on Monday after he pleaded guilty to murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Nghala said in his plea statement to court he went to his former lover Zanele Makhubela's home near Mantangaleni, Mkhuhlu, on 27 October 2020.

Makhubela, 20, was with her new boyfriend at the time.

"This angered him [and] as a result, he stabbed Makhubela with a knife several times, and she succumbed to the stab wounds. He then fled the scene with the deceased's cellphone," NPA spokesperson Monica Nyuswa said.

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In aggravation of sentence during sentencing proceedings, prosecutor advocate Vuyo Mkhulisi emphasised the scourge and prevalence of gender-based violence in society.

Mkhulisi said Nghala became cruel and heartless to such an extent that he interfered with the most precious gift of life.

"The deceased suffered the most horrific death at the hands of [her] ex-lover."

Judge Johanna Mthimunye sentenced Nghala to life imprisonment for murder and 15 years' imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Mthimunye also ordered that the deceased's family be consulted to make representations when Nghala becomes eligible for parole in 25 years.

The NPA welcomed the sentence.


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