Popular Topics
20°C / 22°C
  • Wed
  • 29°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 24°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 29°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 29°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 23°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 25°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 20°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 22°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 24°C
  • 14°C
  • Sun
  • 26°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 23°C
  • 17°C
  • Wed
  • 33°C
  • 17°C
  • Thu
  • 29°C
  • 18°C
  • Fri
  • 32°C
  • 18°C
  • Sat
  • 31°C
  • 18°C
  • Sun
  • 23°C
  • 17°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 17°C
  • Wed
  • 31°C
  • 17°C
  • Thu
  • 27°C
  • 17°C
  • Fri
  • 31°C
  • 17°C
  • Sat
  • 31°C
  • 18°C
  • Sun
  • 26°C
  • 17°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 17°C
  • Wed
  • 27°C
  • 20°C
  • Thu
  • 30°C
  • 20°C
  • Fri
  • 26°C
  • 21°C
  • Sat
  • 23°C
  • 20°C
  • Sun
  • 24°C
  • 20°C
  • Mon
  • 28°C
  • 22°C
  • Wed
  • 22°C
  • 18°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 19°C
  • Fri
  • 20°C
  • 17°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 23°C
  • 18°C
  • Wed
  • 30°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 25°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 27°C
  • 13°C
  • Sun
  • 31°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 27°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 22°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 20°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 14°C
  • Sun
  • 24°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 16°C
  • Wed
  • 33°C
  • 19°C
  • Thu
  • 32°C
  • 19°C
  • Fri
  • 35°C
  • 20°C
  • Sat
  • 35°C
  • 19°C
  • Sun
  • 27°C
  • 18°C
  • Mon
  • 24°C
  • 18°C
  • Wed
  • 34°C
  • 17°C
  • Thu
  • 32°C
  • 18°C
  • Fri
  • 32°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 34°C
  • 14°C
  • Sun
  • 34°C
  • 18°C
  • Mon
  • 31°C
  • 19°C
  • Wed
  • 31°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 31°C
  • 17°C
  • Fri
  • 33°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 28°C
  • 19°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 18°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 18°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 16°C
  • Thu
  • 23°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 19°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 14°C
  • Sun
  • 24°C
  • 14°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 16°C

Donald Sebolai sentenced to 20 years behind bars

The former Jozi FM DJ murdered his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala at his Soweto home in 2014.

Former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai sits in the dock ahead of his sentencing for the murder of his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Donald Sebolai has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

#DonaldSebolai BREAKING Sebolai sentenced effectively to 20 years in prison.

The judge said a minimum sentence of 15 years would not be sufficient and based on the high level of gender based violence in the country, this sentence would aim to deter others from committing the same offence.

#DonaldSebolai Judge says he believes a harsher sentence than the prescribed minimum - would be appropriate. ML

#DonaldSebolai Judge says after considering everything he can't deviate from the minimum prescribed sentence. ML

The convicted murderer, popularly known as DJ Donald Duck, appeared in the High Court in Palm Ridge today.

#DonaldSebolai People are shouting hashtag Sebolai has fallen. ML pic.twitter.com/Ko96pBX4VA

Sentencing proceedings were brought to a halt due earlier, to a technical error with the recording equipment in court.

#DonaldSebolai Judge: He fits the profile of an abuser. ML

He was found guilty of stabbing his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala to death at his Soweto home during an argument in 2014.

#DonaldSebolai Judge: The court will only have half of the information as the victim is dead. ML

#DonaldSebolai Judge: What matters finally is how the court views the merits of the case. ML

He's also been convicted of defeating the ends of justice after going on the run for over a week after the crime, with the court finding he had cleaned the blood stained floor and removed the murder weapon from the scene.

#DonaldSebolai Judge: The accused cleaned the floor and removed the weapon. ML

The defence had asked Judge Cassim Moosa for a sentence of no more than 12 years, however, the State pushed for a lengthy sentence.

#DonaldSebolai The defence asked for a sentence between 10 and 12 years. ML

#DonaldSebolai Judge: The defence says Sebolai is not a danger to society. ML

He said the crime committed and the interest of society must always be considered when handing down a sentence.

#DonaldSebolai Judge: A court should strive to get a balance between these elements. ML

He also reflected on evidence submitted by gender violence expert, Professor Rachel Dukes, during the sentencing.

According to Dukes, women were six times more likely to die at the hands of a male partner.

#DonaldSebolai Judge: Dukes said very often there is a history of previous intimate partner violence.

#DonaldSebolai Judge: Dukes research said most men felt humiliated at the point when they kill their partner. "The killing was to win".

Dukes had testified that in South Africa, it's easy to assume that the short sentences handed to gender based violence offenders may reflect the country's attitude to femicide.

SELF-DEFENCE

During a previous hearing, Sebolai argued he had an argument with his girlfriend and she wanted to stab him.

He claimed he tried to block the knife with his hands and while he was trying to disarm her, she got stabbed.

A post-mortem report, however, confirmed she died after being stabbed with force in her genitals.

The prosecution pointed out that he cleaned the floor instead of saving Tshabalala's life on the day of the murder.

Sebolai admitted during sentence proceedings that he could have saved her life if he rushed her to hospital.

But his legal team argued that he was not a violent man. Last month, a social worker also told the court he was not abusive towards his previous partners.

Last month, however, the convicted killer said he only slapped his previous partners to reprimand them, not to assault them.

According to court records, Sebolai conceded that he had "beaten" Tshabalala along with the mother of his first child, although he now says he only slapped them.

Sebolai has three young children whom he has to support, and a family that's financially dependent on him.

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus