Man sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for stabbing his teenage girlfriend to death after accusing her of cheating on him

The Moretele Magistrates’ Court in South Africa has sentenced a 24-year-old man, Nkateko Masha, to a 15-year prison term, with 5 years suspended, for the murder of his 17-year-old girlfriend, Gontse Malatji.

According to Henry Mamothame, the Regional spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) North West Division, Masha was deemed ineligible to possess a firearm.

The conviction stems from an incident on November 16, 2021, in Stinkwater near Moretele, where Masha confronted his girlfriend at his home. The confrontation arose from allegations of infidelity triggered by images on Facebook. A dispute ensued, leading the girlfriend to terminate the relationship.

She, however, slept over in his outside room, and that was when he decided to get a knife and stabbed her to death while she was asleep.

He subsequently fled to a nearby bush where he attempted suicide by cutting his hands with a knife. He later withdrew from killing himself and went back home to report what he had done before handing himself to the police. 

The court granted him R1000 bail, and he pleaded guilty to the offence. In aggravation of sentence, the state prosecutor, Mpho Matlala urged the court to consider the rifeness of femicide in the country and further argued that being in a relationship doesn’t give any partner a right to kill whenever there’s a conflict. 

Magistrate Gilbert Sono agreed with the state but also considered that the accused is young and a first-time offender who is a candidate for rehabilitation, before imposing a sentence on him.

The Director of Public Prosecutions in the North West, Dr Rachel Makhari, lauded the prosecutor and Constable Kekana from the South African Police Service for their collaboration in bringing justice to the family of the deceased. 

She called on all community formations to strengthen educational programmes on gender-based violence and femicide.

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