Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says although she would have liked to see convicted murderer Sandile Mantsoe sentenced to life imprisonment, she still welcomes the lengthy jail term he was given.
The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday sentenced Mantsoe to an effective 32 years in prison for murder, assault and defeating the ends of justice after he killed and burned his girlfriend Karabo Mokoena in 2017.
He has since indicated that he will seek leave to appeal his conviction and sentence.
The MEC hopes Mokoena’s family will now find closure.
“The family at least they know what happened, through the witnesses, particularly the professional witnesses because we could not get any information that could assist us to find in terms of what happened on that particular day. But him [Mantsoe] being found and sentence will send a very strong message to other criminals that if you abuse a woman in this province, in this country you will be dealt with severely,” adds Nkosi-Malobane.