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Two former lovers say DJ Donald Sebolai was not violent

Roxanne Henderson | 11 February, 2016 13:17
Sebolai‚ 38‚ was convicted in October of murdering his girlfriend‚ Rachel "Dolly" Tshabalala‚ 32. File photo
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The mothers of two of Donald Sebolai's children have said that their relationships with the radio DJ were not characterised by violence.

This according to a report compiled by probation officer Siphumelele Mbatha of the Department of Social Development in Johannesburg for Sebolai's sentencing.

Mbatha was called by the defence to testify at the Johannesburg High Court‚ sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court southeast of Johannesburg‚ on Thursday.

Sebolai‚ 38‚ was convicted in October of murdering his girlfriend‚ Rachel "Dolly" Tshabalala‚ 32. Sebolai stabbed Tshabalala in her lower abdomen after the couple fought at his Soweto flat and did not get her the medical attention she needed. She bled to death.

Mbatha's report sketched out Sebolai's background and his present circumstances.

Mbatha told the court that Sebolai had a normal childhood. She said the DJ had good relationships with his children and that the mothers of two of his three children said he was not violent towards them.

Mbatha could not track down the mother of Sebolai's third child for consultation. The woman lives in Mahikeng.

Sebolai was last year also convicted of one count of attempting to defeat the ends of justice for tampering with the crime scene by cleaning up Tshabalala's blood from the floor and disposing of bloodied clothing.

He was acquitted of a motor vehicle theft charge.

Mbatha's testimony continues. – TMG Dibgital/TMG Courts and Law


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