A harsh and stern message has been sent to gender-based violence perpetrators through life in prison sentencing for murder.
This as the Benoni Magistrates Court sentenced Mxolisi Msimanga, a 29-year-old male to life in prison for murder.
According to Police spokesperson Captain Amanda van Wyk, Msimango also faced a charge of possession of a dangerous weapon.
“On Tuesday evening, 2 June 2020 Msimango had an argument with his girlfriend.”
He then called his neighbour, a 51-year-old woman, to come over and mediate the argument between him and his girlfriend.
“When the neighbour arrived, Msimango stabbed her with a knife.”
“Msimango’s neighbour was rushed to hospital by her husband where she was certified dead on arrival.”
The case was assigned to Detective Pelokgolo Godfrey Makola who immediately pieced all the available evidence together.
“It is through his relentless investigation that led to the arrest of Msimango.”
Detective Constable Makola was awarded with a Certificate of Appreciation by Ekurhuleni District Commissioner, Major General Anna Sithole for leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the family of the victim find closure.
In another case, Detective Warrant Officer Vusimusi Patrick Kunene received two Certificates of Appreciation for securing 15 years in prison for an accused who committed robbery with a weapon other than a firearm.
In a separate case another accused was sentenced to 15 years in prison for armed robbery; both cases occurred in August 2021.
Both these members were commended for displaying excellent work ethic in finalising the investigation of their cases to ensure that the perpetrators are sentenced and justice is served.
Ekurhuleni District Commissioner, Major General Anna Sithole said the police in Gauteng would continue to address the scourge of crimes against women, children, and vulnerable persons.