Donald Sebolai sentenced to 20 years in jail

Chants of ‘Sebolai has fallen’ erupted in the court room on Friday when former radio personality Donald Sebolai was sentenced to 20 years for the murder of his girlfriend.

Sebolai was sentenced to 20 years for murder and to 5 years for attempting to defeat the ends of justice. The sentences will run concurrently.

Sebolai was also found guilty of attempting to defeat the ends of justice for tampering with the crime scene by mopping up Tshabalala's blood on the floor. He was acquitted of a motor vehicle theft charge.

Judge Cassim Moosa made specific mention of the circumstances relating to Sebolai's second conviction – that he had cleaned up Tshabalala's blood from the floor of his flat, changed her clothes and removed the murder weapon from the crime scene after the stabbing.

Moosa said this and the fact that he had failed to get Tshabalala medical attention after the stabbing showed that he intended to kill her. Moosa said he believed it was appropriate to give Sebolai a sentence higher than the prescribed minimum of 15 years.

"It is clear from the evidence that it was a senseless killing of the deceased by the accused," Moosa said.

Moosa called Sebolai's crime “callous, merciless and heinous” and said he had considered the killing and the circumstances surrounding it in reaching a decision on sentencing.

The Jozi FM DJ had admitted during the court proceedings‚ before Judge Cassim Moosa in the South Gauteng High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court‚ that he believes it’s okay to slap a woman for refusing to listen to him‚ but claimed he is not a violent man.

Sebolai‚ 38‚ was convicted in October of murdering his then 32-year-old girlfriend Rachel “Dolly” Tshabalala. She was stabbed in her pubic area when the couple had a fight at Sebolai’s Soweto flat in 2014 and bled to death.

The former Jozi FM DJ‚ known as DJ Donald Duck‚ was also convicted of attempting to defeat the ends of justice for tampering with the crime scene by mopping up Tshabalala’s blood on the floor.

He admitted that he could have saved her life‚ had he immediately secured medical attention for her.

The court heard previously from a pathologist that Tshabalala’s body showed no bruising or injuries‚ apart from the single stab wound.

His lawyer had asked the court to impose a lesser sentence than the required 15-year term because he believed Sebolai was a good candidate for rehabilitation and could support his three children better financially if he was imprisoned for a shorter period.

The State disagreed‚ saying the chances of successful rehabilitation were slim.

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