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Convicted killer Sebolai 'suffering emotionally'

Convicted killer Donald Sebolai has indicated he intends to appeal his 20 year sentence.

Former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai comforted by family after he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted killer Donald Sebolai says he is still suffering emotionally after he lost his then girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala and maintains that he didn't kill her despite now serving an effective 20 years for the murder.

Sebolai was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing Tshabalala at his Soweto home in 2014 and five years for running from the police for over a week. The two sentences will run concurrently.

The former JOZI FM DJ says he wants to apologise to Tshabalala's family.

Sebolai says he would like an opportunity to speak to Tshabalala's family especially her young daughter.

"Not now, but in time I'd like to explain to the child how her mother lost her life that morning."

Tshabalala's mother Dikeledi Marawa says she's not happy with the sentence and wanted a harsher penalty.

Sebolai says he understands the family is still angry.

"That's how she feels because she's lost a daughter. I expect her to feel that way because she has suffered a loss."

Sebolai says he will apply for leave to appeal both judgment and sentence.