‘Sebolai wasn't abusive towards previous partners’

A social worker says the convicted killer was an emotionally involved father.

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

JOHANNESBURG - A social worker has told the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court that convicted killer Donald Sebolai was not abusive towards his previous partners and that he was an emotionally involved father.

Sebolai was found guilty of stabbing his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala at his Soweto home in 2014, but he still maintains she stabbed herself while they were fighting for a knife.

Probation officer Siphumelele Mbatha has told the court she interviewed two of Sebolai's former girlfriends whom he has children with.

A third woman who resides in Mahikeng could not be reached for an interview.

According to Mbatha's report, the two former partners say Sebolai financially supported his children until he was arrested and was involved in their lives despite the separations.

Mbatha says the former radio DJ and his previous partners may have lied by falsely stating that he is not an abusive man.

State prosecutor Elize Le Roux reminded Mbatha that Sebolai conceded during in his trial that he assaulted two women, but yesterday said he only gave slaps to reprimand them.

He said yesterday said that he only slapped Tshabalala and a former partner to 'reprimand' them and that he did not categorise this as assault.

Mbatha says Sebolai believes the only mistake he had made was by failing to take Tshabalala to hospital after the stabbing incident.

She says the first step to rehabilitation is to accept responsibility, but Sebolai maintains Tshabalala stabbed herself.

As mitigation of sentence arguments continue, Tshabalala's family members are sitting in the public gallery holding up a piece of paper with the words 'Rot in Jail'.

Closing arguments will be heard next week.