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Heartache, prayers as Tshabalala’s killer is convicted

Elizabeth Marawa Tshabalala says she’s pleased with the judgement and realises nothing will bring Dolly back.

FILE: Murder convict Donald Sebolai, standing outside court. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The mother of Dolly Tshablala says she will now be able to sleep at night knowing her daughter's killer, former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai, is behind bars.

Sebolai has been convicted of murder and defeating the ends of justice but acquitted on a charge of theft.

The High Court sitting in Palm Ridge found that he stabbed his girlfriend to death during a heated argument in her Soweto flat last year.

Elizabeth Marawa Tshabalala says although she is pleased with the judgement, she realises that nothing will bring back her only daughter.

"It's hard, it's very hard. [I] just pray and give thanks to God for everything he has done for me."

She says Dolly was the main breadwinner and without her she finds it difficult to survive with only a pensioner's salary.

Judge Cassim Moosa ruled this morning that Donald Sebolai had planned the young woman's death.

"The version of the accused is rejected as beyond false. Mr Vusimuzi Donald Sebolai in the result you are found guilty and convicted of murder."

Sentencing proceedings will start on 25 November.

'ABUSIVE NATURE'

The court also found that former DJ had an abusive nature and intentionally killed his girlfriend while also destroying evidence.

Tshabalala had opened two separate assault cases against him prior to her death but withdrew the charges.

The judge says Donald Sebolai knew exactly what he was doing and even had time to clear his tracks.

"The accused clearly intended for the deceased to die. I further find that the accused cold bloodedly stabbed the deceased during the cause of the argument."

He says Tshabalala didn't accidentally cut herself or try to attack Sebolai.

"In the absence of any allegations or suicide the deceased would not have been able to inflict such a wound upon herself."

Earlier in the trial, the arresting officer testified that shortly after Sebolai's arrest, the former DJ told him that he hated women.

His family refused to speak to media after judgment was handed down.