14 April 2021
Mbombela – The Mpumalanga High Court, sitting in Middleburg, has sentenced Jan Lepapiki Mafa (50) from Kloporo near Siyabuswa to 25 years imprisonment for killing his ex-girlfriend, Mapula Moremi in September 2019.
Mpumalanga spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, Monica Nyuswa said Mafa and Moremi were in an intimate relationship since 2004.
“At a certain stage, Mafa left Moremi and when he returned he demanded the relationship to continue as normal. Moremi objected,” said Nyuswa.
On the fateful day, Mafa went to the house where Moremi was residing in Mdutjana and found her two grandchildren and her friend.
“He enquired about the whereabouts of Moremi and he was told that she was in the bedroom. He instructed Moremi to leave with him but she refused. Moremi threatened that he will call the police,” said Nyuswa.
“Mafa refused to leave, instead he went to the kitchen, took a knife and stabbed Moremi in front of the grandchildren several times and she died instantly. He further took her purse from her handbag with an undisclosed amount of money, a bag of snacks and fled the scene on foot.”
Six months later, Mafa was found in his hideout in Mamelodi informal settlements and got arrested.
“He pleaded not guilty. The State Advocate, Mmamphai Tshwane led testimonies of two eye witnesses. The Victim Impact Statement was also handed in, confirming the deep trauma suffered by the grandchildren such that they even failed their grades in 2019,” said Nyuswa.
“The court heard from Advocate Tshwane that Mafa did not show remorse for his actions. Tshwane emphasised on the scourge and prevalence of gender-based violence, arguing for a suitable sentence.”
High Court Judge, Hein Brauckman noted that violence by men towards women is endemic in South Africa.
“He sentenced Mafa to 25 years imprisonment for murder and 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances. He ordered the sentences to run concurrently – the effective sentence being 25 years,” said Nyuswa.
The NPA has welcomed the conviction and sentence.