26 February 2021
Pretoria – Mpho Thobane, a 31 year old male was on Thursday sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the murder of his girlfriend by the Johannesburg Magistrate Court said the SAPS spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele. Thobane was also declared unfit to possess a firearm by the same court.
“Thobane doused her girlfriend Viwe Dalingozi with petrol and set her alight at Fashion Lofts flat corner Pritchard and Delvers Street in October 2018,” said Captain Mbele.
“He had an argument with her and poured her with petrol while sleeping on the bed. She was taken to hospital by an ambulance where she succumbed to her injuries and died,” Mbele added.
Thobane was on the run until Johannesburg Central dedicated detectives apprehended him at Mokopane in Limpopo.
“This apprehension and sentence are a result of a diligent work done by the investigating officer Sergeant Shabalala of Johannesburg Central detectives. We hope this sentence will scare away would be offenders from committing the same crime.”
Meanwhile, Johannesburg Central Acting Station Commander Colonel Govender commended good work done by the investigating officer. He urged the women to report Gender Based Violence as soon as possible.