Petrus Steyn graveyard murder, husband sentenced

South African Police Service

Petrus Steyn graveyard murder, husband sentenced
Petrus Steyn graveyard murder, husband sentenced

The man accused of killing his wife at the graveyard in Mamafubedu near Petrus Steyn, Thabiso Motloung (40) has been sentenced to an effective 12 years direct imprisonment in the Bethlehem Magistrates’ Court on 18 January 2022.

On 1 December 2021 at about 16:15 the police at Petrus Steyn were summoned to Mamafubedu graveyard by the community members who saw the body of a female person lying amongst the graves.

On their arrival they found the body with bruises and stab wounds. She was certified dead and identified by her mother as Puseletso Motaung (28) of Mamafubedu.

A case of murder was opened and a suspect was arrested seven days after the incident. He appeared several times in courts until he was found guilty and sentenced to twelve years imprisonment.

“No Gender Based Violence crimes will go unpunished, we cannot live in a society where women are seen as subjects of abuse. I want to thank the investigating officer for ensuring that the accused finally gets his term in jail. As police we will continue the fight against Gender Based Violence internally and externally, also through our soft approach crime awareness campaigns led by the SAPS Women Network and Men for Change structures in the province”, said the Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General BB Motswenyane.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service