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Sebolai: I only slapped my women to reprimand them

Mitigation of sentencing arguments are underway for convicted murderer Donald Sebolai.

Donald Sebolai at the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on 10 February 2016. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - During mitigation of sentence, convicted killer Donald Sebolai has told the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court that he only slapped his previous partners to reprimand them, not to assault them.

The former Jozi Fm DJ was convicted for stabbing his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala to death in her flat in Soweto in June 2014.

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.

The High Court sitting in Palm Ridge has heard that Sebolai never intended to hurt Tshabalala and his previous partner and that he never slapped them "hard".

Speaking through an interpreter, Sebolai says his only intention was to move them out of his way, not to fight.

"It's not to assault, it's just to reprimand someone."

Sebolai's mother Elizabeth earlier told the court that she was not aware of his violent behaviour towards women.

She said he was a respected man in his community and had always helped the less fortunate by collecting food for those in need.

Sebolai maintains that Tshabalala stabbed herself and that he only wanted to disarm her during the couple's altercation.

He sobbed on the witness stand as he told the court it was never his intention for Tshabalala to die, saying he wished their fight over a knife ended differently.

He says prior to Tshabalala's death, he only ever slapped her, and never once assaulted her.