Man sentenced to 12 years for killing his girlfriend for getting an abortion

11 June 2019 - 14:59 By Nico Gous
A man has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for murdering his girlfriend after she had an abortion without his consent.
A man has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for murdering his girlfriend after she had an abortion without his consent.
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The Polokwane High Court on Monday sentenced 39-year-old Joseph Mafifi to 12 years in prison for killing his girlfriend in 2018.

Officers at Tom Burke police station, outside Lephalale, received a tip-off on March 18 last year that a woman was being stabbed on a farm near Swartwater.

“When the police arrived, they found the lifeless body of a 44-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds. She was identified as Simangele Sibanda from Zimbabwe,” said Col Moatshe Ngoepe on Tuesday.

Mafifi fled the scene. Police tracked him down to his hometown in the Moletemane area in Botswana and he was eventually extradited to stand trial in South Africa.

“The accused revealed in court that he killed his girlfriend for terminating her pregnancy without his consent,” said Ngoepe.


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