Kutumela sentenced to 20 years

The 28-year-old was found guilty of raping and murdering his pregnant model girlfriend.

28-year-old Thato Kutumela murdered his model girlfriend Zanele Khumalo in Garsfontein in 2011.

PRETORIA - A man found guilty of raping and killing his pregnant girlfriend has been sentenced to 20 years in jail in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Thato Kutumela murdered his model girlfriend Zanele Khumalo in Garsfontein, Pretoria, back in 2011.

She was five months pregnant with his child.

Speaking during sentencing on Friday, Judge Johan Kruger said society was sick and tired of the high incidents of violence to which law abiding citizens were being subjected to.

The 28-year-old was then sentenced to 20 years for murder, 10 years for rape and 6 months for theft.

Kutumela will serve his jail sentences concurrently.

Kruger said Kutumela is need of rehabilitation in prison.

Members of the ANC Women's League and others in the public gallery clapped when the sentence was handed down.

The case was heard just metres away from the highly publicised Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

Earlier on Friday, the Khumalo family met with slain model Reeva Steenkamp's mother June to share their experiences.