- A person was sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment for premeditated homicide.
- He was arrested in February 2021 after stabbing Bonang Precious Gaelae to loss of life following an argument at his tuck store.
- Gaelae’s mom stated she was damage as a result of she had misplaced her solely youngster, who left behind two younger kids.
The Gauteng High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Wednesday sentenced a 57-year-old man to 25 years’ direct imprisonment for killing a girl.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana stated Mojalefa Simon Mokoena was handed 25 years for premeditated homicide, eight years for tried homicide, and 5 years for 2 counts of assault.
Mahanjana stated the choose ordered that the sentences run concurrently.
“He was also found unfit to possess a firearm,” she stated.
Mokoena was arrested in February 2021 after stabbing Bonang Precious Gaelae to loss of life following an argument at his tuck store.
According to Mahanjana, Gaelae and her companion, Fracinah Mohanoe, went to Mokoena’s tuck store on 12 February 2021 to purchase airtime, however an altercation broke out.
“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.
The community members stopped Mokoena, called the police, and took the couple to the nearby hospital, where Gaelae was pronounced dead on arrival due to stab wounds.
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 stated she is damage as a result of not solely did she lose the love of her life, however she additionally suffered financially due to her medical prices and was now struggling psychologically after she was identified with post-traumatic stress dysfunction,” 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 however focused defenceless girls even after they left his premises,” Scheepers stated.
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