Pretoria- Government has welcomed the 20 year prison sentence handed down to Donald Sebolai, the Soweto former DJ convicted of killing his girlfriend.
On Friday, Johannesburg High Court Judge Cassim Moosa sentenced the former Jozi FM presenter who was convicted in October 2015 of murdering his girlfriend Rachel "Dolly" Tshabalala.
Acting Cabinet Spokesperson, Phumla Williams said government is pleased that the sentence matches the seriousness of the crime.
"Too many women are dying in the hands of their partners. As government we are doing all we can to ensure that this comes to an end. The Bill of Rights guarantees everyone a right to life," said Williams.
She said the sentence "serves as a deterrent to other perpetrators and it is a clear demonstration that the law will take its course in ensuring that those who commit crime are brought to book."
With the month of March declared Human Rights Month, Williams said the sentence also sends a strong message to those who continue to commit acts of violence against others.
"As government, combating crime and the scourge of women and child abuse is a priority. Through Legislation as well as the 365 Days Campaign Against Abuse of Women and Children, government continues to educate society about the rights of these vulnerable groups", said Williams.
Government encourages communities to work with law enforcement officers to report acts of violence and crime. Members of the public can call the gender based violence toll free number 0800 428 428 to speak to a social worker for assistance and counselling.
SOURCE:SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT NEWS AGENCY