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50-year-old man sentenced to life for stabbing 20-year-old ex to death

A 50-year-old man from Mpumalanga has been sentenced to life imprisonment and 15 years for murdering his 20-year-old ex-lover.

The spokesperson of the national prosecuting authority (NPA) in the province Monica Nyuswa said Shorence Delson was sentenced in the Mpumalanga High Court sitting in Graskop on Monday.

Nghala, from Mkhuhlu near Bushbuckridge, was sentenced for the murder of his ex-lover Zanele Makhubela (20).

“Nghala was convicted of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances after he pleaded guilty to the offences.

“In his plea statement, he told the court that on 27 October 2020 the deceased, Zanele Makhubela was in her home with her boyfriend near Mantangaleni, Mkhuhlu when he emerged. This angered him as a result, he stabbed Makhubela with a knife several times and she succumbed to stab wounds injuries. He then fled the scene with the deceased’s cellphone,” Nyuswa said.

Nyuswa said in aggravation of sentence, senior state Advocate Vuyo Mkhulisi emphasised on the scourge and prevalence of gender-based violence in society.

“He said, Nghala interfered with the most precious gift of life such that he became cruel and heartless. The deceased suffered the most horrific death in the hands of his ex-lover who had a bright future ahead of her.”

Nyuswa further said the judge, Johanna Mthimunye, sentenced Nghala to life for murder and fifteen years imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

“The court ordered the sentence in count 2 to run concurrently with the sentence in count 1. The effective sentence being life. Nghala was declared unfit to possess a firearm as part of the sentence. The judge further ordered that the deceased’s family must be consulted to make representation when Nghala is eligible for parole.”

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