On Thursday, 29-year-old Mpho Thobane was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court for the brutal murder of his girlfriend…
Viwe Dalingozi (32), succumbed to severe burn wounds at a Johannesburg hospital in November 2018 after Thobane doused her with petrol and set her alight in her flat.
According to Gauteng NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane, the couple had an argument about Dalingozi spending time with her ex-boyfriend.
Dalingozi's death has had a huge impact on her whole family.
According to her uncle, Fezile Dalingozi, the health of her mother and two brothers deteriorated after the incident. "They were diagnosed with depression and anxiety," he told the court through a victim impact statement.
State prosecutor, Welcome Madela said that Thobane had shown no remorse for his crime.
"The images of their loved ones' last days in hospital will stay with them for a lifetime. It is the duty of this court to instil public confidence in our criminal justice system by imposing a sentence indicative of the commitment of the justice system in dealing with gender based violence," he said.
"The community deserve to live in a better world, a world in which the life of a female is valued by all," said Magistrate Hombakazi Thwele.
She also found factors such as that Dalingozi died at the hands of her lover, who was supposed to protect her and that she died at her place where she was supposed to feel safe, as aggravating enough to impose a sentence in excess of the minimum prescribed sentence of 15 years.