FEBRUARY 25, 2021
A 29-year-old man, Mpho Thobane, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by the Johannesburg Magistrates Court earlier today.
Thobane was found guilty of murder. Her girlfriend, Viwe Dalingozi (32), succumbed to severe burns in a Johannesburg hospital in November 2018 after Thobane doused her with gasoline and set her on fire in her apartment.
On the day of the incident, the couple had an argument about Thobane seeing Dalingozi with her ex-boyfriend and her friend. Thobane waited for her to fall asleep, poured gasoline on her, and set her on fire.
State Attorney Welcome Madela filed a victim impact statement compiled by NPA court preparation officer Brenda Lindiswa Tyukala, who lives in the Eastern Cape, where the Dalingozi family lives.
Her uncle, Fezile Dalingozi, detailed the psychological trauma and financial loss the family suffered. “The health of her mother and her two brothers deteriorated and they were diagnosed with depression and anxiety as a result of this horrific incident. The trips to Johannesburg before and after their death proved to be very heavy on our poor family’s pocketbook. Having seen her in that state is still traumatic for the mother and the whole family, ”reads parts of the statement and goes on to explain how the family noticed that Dalingozi’s older brother suffered from a mental disorder as a result of the loss of his only sister.
Madela argued that Thobane has shown no remorse and that the family will never see his loved one again. “The images of the last days of their loved ones will remain with them for life. It is the duty of this court to instill public confidence in our criminal justice system by imposing a sentence indicating the commitment of the justice system in the treatment of gender violence, “he said.
The court said that gender-based violence was prevalent in South Africa and that society relies on our criminal justice system for its protection. “The community deserves to live in a better world, a world in which everyone values a woman’s life,” said Justice Hombakazi Thwele.
He also found factors such as that Dalingozi died at the hands of her lover, who was supposed to protect her and that she died in her place where she was supposed to feel safe, aggravating enough to impose a sentence above. of the prescribed minimum. 15-year sentence.
Gauteng Local Division