Media release

Government welcomes the sentencing of Donald Sebolai

07 March 2016

7 March 2016

Government welcomes the 20 year prison sentence handed down to Donald Sebolai today by Judge Cassim Moosa at the Johannesburg High Court.

Sebolai was convicted in October 2015 of murdering his girlfriend Rachel "Dolly" Tshabalala. Government is pleased that the sentence matches the seriousness of the crime. 

Acting Cabinet Spokesperson, Phumla Williams said, “Too many women are dying in the hands of their partners.  As government we are doing all we can to ensure that this comes to an end. The Bill of Rights guarantees everyone a right to life.

Government is pleased that the sentence matches the seriousness of the crime. This serves as a deterrent to other perpetrators and it is a clear demonstration that the law will take its course in ensuring that those who commit crime are brought to book”. 

The month of March has been declared Human Rights Month. It is our view that this sentence sends a strong message to those who continue to commit acts of violence against others.   

“As government, combating crime and the scourge of women and child abuse is a priority. Through Legislation as well as the 365 Days Campaign Against Abuse of Women and Children, government continues to educate society about the rights of these vulnerable groups”, said Williams.

Government encourages communities to work with law enforcement officers to report acts of violence and crime.  Members of the public can call the gender based violence  toll free number 0800 428 428 to speak to a social worker for assistance and counselling.

Phumla Williams, Acting Cabinet Spokesperson
Cell: 083 501 0139 

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)

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