Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
"Are you happy that I have been sentenced? Anyway thanks."
This is what an unrepentant murderer told a policeman after he was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment yesterday.
Tebogo Tsetsengwa, 20, was being led down to the cells after Vereeniging circuit court Judge Zukiswa Tshiqi had handed down the sentence. She had just convicted Tsetsengwa for the murder of Mathanzima Makhundayi, 33, who he stabbed 11 times - almost a year after he laid housebreaking charges against him.
The investigating officer in the case, Constable Thabo Ramoipone, was sitting in the gallery and did not respond. Tsetsengwa killed Makhundayi last year. Makhundayi had accused Tsetsengwa of stealing a gas cylinder, 20 crates of empty beer bottles and R200 in cash.
Before passing judgment, Tshiqi said: "You took it upon yourself to murder the victim because he had laid charges against you. The housebreaking case was later provisionally withdrawn and a warrant of arrest was issued after you failed to appear in court when the matter was reinstated.
"You did not learn from your breaking of the law, but later you killed the complainant in a brutal manner. What you have done was to send a message to the community that they should fear laying charges against people like you when they are wronged because they might be silenced at the end," said Tshiqi.
Tsetsengwa will serve 18 years for both murder and housebreaking.