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Convicted murderer Sebolai branded a ‘liar’ in court

The DJ says he changed her clothes in order to take her to hospital but the judge says that is a lie.

FILE: Convicted murderer former Jozi FM DJ, Donald Sebolai. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court Sitting in Palm Ridge has found that former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai lied about why he killed his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala; and that he tried to cover to his tracks and evaded police.

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

He stabbed Tshabalala to death at his Soweto flat in June last year.

Judge Cassim Moosa says Sebolai didn't act in self-defence when he stabbed Tshabalala and, instead, fled the scene in the deceased's vehicle.

"He then placed the deceased on the bed whilst he continued wiping the flat and mopping up the blood. He advised her that he would take her to the hospital after he wiped up the blood."

Earlier in the trial, the court heard that if Tshabalala had been taken immediately to a hospital close to the crime scene she would have survived.

Sebolai says he changed her clothes in order to take her to hospital but the judge says that is a complete lie.

"He then removed the bloody clothing and the knife and placed them in the motor vehicle of the deceased while she lay fatally injured in the flat."

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has welcomed Sebolai's murder conviction.

Spokesperson Phindi Louw said, "We need to have a justice system that responds directly to what is happening in society. Taking into cognisance as well laws and minimum prescribed sentences. We believe that as the State we were successful in doing that hence today the accused's version was rejected."

Sebolai's bail has been revoked and will now remain in police custody until sentencing.

SEBOLAI FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER

Earlier today, Sebolai was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Tshabalala.

In handing down judgment, the judge said Sebolai's version of events was false beyond reasonable doubt.

Tshabalala's relatives broke down in the court where judgment was delivered in her boyfriend's murder trial.

Judge Moosa read out the evidence and testimony collected throughout the trial, which is culminating in what's been an emotional year for Tshabalala's family.

Tshabalala's mother, sitting in the public gallery, broke down and wept while listening to the testimony of the pathologist, who re-iterated that Tshabalala died as a result of a deep stab wound.

Moosa has also reflected on the violent nature of Tshabalala and Sebolai's relationship, and the accused's response soon after her death, as testified by state witnesses.