'I have lost a lover and my daughter lost a father'

THE widow of a murdered policeman broke down and cried uncontrollably when her hubby's killer was given a "lenient" effective 10-year prison sentence yesterday in the Vereeniging circuit court.

THE widow of a murdered policeman broke down and cried uncontrollably when her hubby's killer was given a "lenient" effective 10-year prison sentence yesterday in the Vereeniging circuit court.

Malibete Kalake said: "My husband was brutally killed for no reason by his colleague. Today I have lost a lover and my daughter lost a father.

"I have long suspected that he (the judge) was not going to pass a sentence that would make us happy. There are chances that he (the accused) might be released on parole after serving a few years of his sentence and return to his wife and children."

Mohale Madibo, a former constable, was yesterday sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the murder of Captain Meshack Kalake in January 2008. This happened after Kalake reprimanded Madibo for drinking on duty.

Madibo produced his service pistol and pumped bullets into Kalake's body as the latter was about to report him to his superior, Superintendent Petrus Scheepers. On hearing gunshots, Scheepers rushed out of his office and fired two shots, wounding Madibo (who had pointed his gun at Scheepers).

The widow also took a swipe at the Department of Justice, saying "the department does not care about victims of crime".

Judge Brian Spilg sentenced Madibo to 15 years, five of which was suspended on condition that he was not convicted again of any offence in which violence was an element.

"When issuing sentence the court looked at a punishment that will restore dignity and allow the accused to return back to society," Judge Spilg said .

The judge recommended that Madibo undergo anger management and psychotherapy treatment while serving his sentence.

Madibo was convicted last week after he pleaded guilty of the murder that took place at the Lenasia South police station.

He claimed that he committed the offence because he was under a lot of strain due to his marital and financial problems.

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