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Mother's death dashed Tshepo's career dreams

By unknown | Sep 30, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

His dream of becoming one of the best computer engineers in the country came to an abrupt end when his stepfather gunned down his mother in 2005.

Tshepo Tladi, 25, is now training to become a police officer, a job he never thought he would do.

"I dropped out of Boston College because my unemployed grandmother could not afford the fees," he said.

"I have realised that I will not achieve my dreams.

"My mother's pension has not been paid out yet. Her death disrupted my life." .

Tshepo, who was close to tears, told the Johannesburg high court yesterday that he still has nightmares and could not believe that his mother was dead.

"I sometimes dream of her as if she were still alive."

Tshepo was giving evidence in aggravation of sentence against the convicted Oupa Lethebe.

Lethebe, an Ekurhuleni Metro police officer, shot and killed his police captain ex-fiancee Jubriel Tladi, 40, in front of the osloorus police station on August 3 2005.

He was found guilty of murder in July.

Acting Judge Nathal Jacobs told him during the verdict that he killed his ex-fiancee "mercilessly" while she was pleading for her life.

"She was on her knees, begging you not to kill her, but you pulled the trigger," Jacobs said.

Lethebe had pleaded not guilty.

Sentence will be passed on October 9.


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