January 24, 2022

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Choose to Palesa Madiba’s killer: ‘You dealt with her as if she was fewer than a human being’

Dumisani Mkhwanazi was jailed for murder.&#13

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  • Judge Prince Manyathi has castigated convicted assassin Dumisani Mkhwanazi through his sentencing.
  • Manyathi said Mkhwanazi was not remorseful, and experienced buried Madiba like a puppy.
  • This regardless of Madiba dealing with Mkhwanazi as her uncle.

“You handled her as if she was fewer than a human currently being by burying her like a dog in your property.”

Choose Prince Manyathi was scathing in his words and phrases to Dumisani Mkhwanazi through sentencing in the Gauteng Superior Court in Johannesburg on Friday.

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Mkhwanazi – convicted of murdering and burying Palesa Madiba, 20, in a shallow grave in 2013 –  was sentenced effectively to 31 several years in jail for murder, theft of Madiba’s cellphone, defeating the ends of justice, as perfectly as possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. 

Manyathi described Mkhwanazi as a man who lacked remorse and who had killed a individual who bestowed have confidence in on him as her uncle.

“… I do comprehend that you are even now keeping that you did not commit the offences. In accordance to you this (conviction) is due to the fact of the media awareness and for that reason the courtroom simply cannot expect you to be remorseful.  

Palesa Madiba

Palesa Madiba.

“The courts are not here for media. The attraction of the media is since of these forms of offences these as gender based violence and femicide. These sorts of offences are spreading like a virus,” reported Manyathi.

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“Nobody can argue that this offence is not really serious. A beautiful 20-12 months-previous lady was killed by you.  She regarded you as her uncle and predicted safety from you, but regretably you betrayed her.”

The choose additional that Mkhwanazi executed too much successive blows and lethal drive when he killed Madiba. 

“The deceased has been deprived of the really like of her cherished types. You did not only consider her everyday living. You entirely disregarded the sanctity thereof and what existence intended to her and individuals who liked her – most of all her mother.

“In the program of murdering her you gave the effect that she remaining to show up at lessons, although recognizing that you buried her in a shallow grave. What we know is she was caught off-guard simply because she didn’t expect such perform from any person that she trustworthy,” Manyathi explained.


“Your failure to extend motives for your carry out coupled by your lies as to what occurred to her, continues to be an sign of your selfish causes to keep the data as what occurred on that certain working day.

“You really retained that facts to oneself figuring out really properly that you buried her powering your rooms and did not want to disclose that information and facts. At all substance periods you displayed the frame of mind of ‘catch me if you can’.

“You pretended that you share the pain and sufferings of her relatives, understanding that you are the trigger of their anguish. You generally considered your solution was harmless and you will just take it to your grave.”

Manyathi mentioned Madiba was a young, attractive lady who had a eyesight for her long term.

“The death of the deceased is a obtrusive reduction to her spouse and children and pals. The unfortunate element of this is that your family members will be in a position to visit you in jail. They will be able to converse and contact you, unlike her relatives who will appear at her photos, video clips and pay attention to her voice notes.

“You had adequate time to think how to dispose Madiba’s body. You taken care of her as if she was significantly less of human being by burying like a canine in your garden.”