A 38-year-old man of Stinkwater north of Pretoria has been sentenced to life and an additional five years by the High Court in Mahikeng sitting in Temba.

Thabiso Dube was found guilty of killing his girlfriend late last year and burying her body in a shallow grave at Trust Farm in Stinkwater.

His girlfriend Meisie Molefe was reported missing last year in October. Dube later handed himself over to the police, and confessed of killing and burning Molefe.

The sentence coincides with the national campaign of 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children.