Africa-Press – South-Africa. The Gauteng High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Wednesday sentenced a 57-year-old man to 25 years’ direct imprisonment for killing a woman.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said Mojalefa Simon Mokoena was handed 25 years for premeditated murder, eight years for attempted murder, and five years for two counts of assault.
Mahanjana said the judge ordered that the sentences run concurrently.
“He was also found unfit to possess a firearm,” she said.
Mokoena was arrested in February 2021 after stabbing Bonang Precious Gaelae to death following an argument at his tuck shop.
According to Mahanjana, Gaelae and her partner, Fracinah Mohanoe, went to Mokoena’s tuck shop on 12 February 2021 to buy airtime, but an altercation broke out.
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“Mokoena assaulted the couple, who decided to leave and go buy the airtime elsewhere. As they left, Mokoena went to his house to get a knife and waited for them. When he saw them approaching, he threw a brick at them, which hit Mohanoe. He proceeded to stab her and her partner.
Mokoena was arrested the following day after Mohanoe pointed him out.
In the victim impact statement, Gaelae’s mother said she was hurt because she had lost her only child, who left behind two young children.
“Mohanoe said she is hurt because not only did she lose the love of her life, but she also suffered financially because of her medical costs and was now suffering psychologically after she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Mahanjana.
Prosecutor, advocate Salome Scheepers, argued in court that gender-based violence and hate crimes were a profound and widespread problem in South Africa, impacting almost every aspect of life.
“They are a violation of human rights. The accused was not provoked but targeted defenceless women even after they left his premises,” Scheepers said.