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