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  • Pretoria: Man sentenced to 25 years for lesbian woman’s savage murder

    Pretoria: Man sentenced to 25 years for lesbian woman’s savage murder

    The Pretoria High Court sitting in Palm Ridge has sentenced 57-year-old Mojalefa Simon Mokoena to 25 years direct imprisonment for the murder of a lesbian woman.

    Mokoena was sentenced to 25 years for pre-meditated murder, 8 years for attempted murder and 5 years for the two counts of assault. The presiding judge ordered that the sentences run concurrently. He was also found unfit to possess a firearm.

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    MAN ATTACKED LESBIAN COUPLE IN HATE CRIME

    According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), in February 2021 the murder victim, Bonang Precious Gaelae and her partner Fracinah Mohanoe, had gone to purchase airtime from a tuck shop which was inside a yard that Mokoena owned when an altercation ensued between the man and the gay couple.

    “Mokoena assaulted the couple, who decided to leave and go buy the airtime elsewhere. As they left Mokoena went to his house to get a knife and waited for them. When he saw them approaching he threw a brick at them, which hit Mohanoe. He proceeded to stab her and her partner. The community members stopped Mokoena, called the police and took the couple to the nearby hospital where Goelae was pronounced dead on arrival due to stab wounds,” said NPA spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana.

    Mokoena was subsequently arrested for murder and has been in custody since.

    In her Victim Impact Statement, Galae’s mother spoke of her grief, having lost her only child who left behind her two minor children. Mohanoe said she is hurt because not only did she lose the love of her life but suffered financially because of her medical costs and is now suffering psychologically after she diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

    “Advocate Salome Scheepers told the court that gender-based violence and hate crimes are a profound and widespread problem in South Africa, impacting on almost every aspect of life. They are a violation of human rights. The accused was not provoked but targeted defenceless women even after they left his premises. She therefore asked the court to impose a sentence that will send a message to the community”

    NPA Regional spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana

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