Mantsoe, Mzolo smile a spit in face of lib­er­a­tion fight - Dlamini

Observer on Saturday - - News -

JOHANNESBURG - Con­victed mur­derer Sandile Mantsoe and ac­cused Tha­bani Mzolo's smiles in front of their re­spec­tive courts demon­strates a sin­is­ter pathol­ogy in our so­ci­ety, Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­dency for Women Batha­bile Dlamini said on Thurs­day.

She said their smiles re­sem­bled "a brand of power and con­trol that spits in the face of the mul­ti­tudes who have died fight­ing for the lib­er­a­tion of women in this coun­try."

Mantsoe was sen­tenced to an ef­fec­tive 32 years in prison on Thurs­day af­ter he was found guilty of mur­der­ing his ex-girl­friend Karabo Mokoena.

“We are sat­is­fied with the sen­tence that has been im­posed on the ac­cused, while we are cog­nisant of the fact that the judg­ment will not bring Karabo back to life. It will how­ever bring re­lief and clo­sure to her fam­ily. Jus­tice was done,” Dlamini added. Mean­while, Tha­bani Mzolo ap­peared be­fore the Dur­ban Re­gional Court on Thurs­day for al­legedly killing Man­go­suthu Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy stu­dent Zo­lile Khu­malo in her room on Tues­day night.

“The brutal mur­der of Karabo Mokoena and Zo­lile Khu­malo has right­fully sparked na­tional out­rage that calls for tougher sen­tences for per­pe­tra­tors. It is a painful and con­stant re­minder of the high lev­els of femi­cide in our coun­try and high­lights the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties of women, par­tic­u­larly at the hands of those clos­est to them,” the min­is­ter said. “We need to send a clear mes­sage that women are not prop­er­ties that men are en­ti­tled to and can dis­pose of when­ever they want.” Dlamini called on the so­ci­ety to iden­tify vi­o­lence in all its forms, to call it out and for so­ci­ety to deal with the root causes of such prob­lems.

RE­VEALED: Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­dency for Women Batha­bile Dlamini.

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