Palesa Madiba's killer sentenced to 31 years behind bars

The Johannesburg High Court sentenced Dumisani Mkhwanazi to 20-years for murder, three for theft, eight for defeating the ends of justice and more for further charges amounting to a total of 43-years in jail.

FILE: Palesa Madiba. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The man found guilty of killing University of Johannesburg student Palesa Madiba has been sentenced to 31 years in prison.

The Johannesburg High Court sentenced Dumisani Mkhwanazi to 20-years for murder, three for theft, eight for defeating the ends of justice and more for further charges amounting to a total of 43-years in jail.

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But that sentence has been reduced to 31 years due to several counts running concurrently.

The young woman's remains were found buried in a shallow grave at the Mkhwanazi home in 2015 after she had gone missing for more than two years.

Mkhwanazi was found guilty of Madiba’s murder in December last year.

After that judgment, her family said justice had been served.

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Her mother, Khosi Kgalisitwe, said she never imagined this would happen to her.

“I used to see this on TV, but when it happened to me, I couldn’t believe it.”

And she had a message for parents whose daughters have been brutally killed: “I can stand with other mothers who have been through this. I can tell them about my pain and encourage them and tell them that one day, it’ll be alright.”

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