…By Larry John for TDPel Media.
A South African National Defense Force (SANDF) member, Welcome Sambo, has received a life imprisonment sentence from the Mpumalanga High Court.
This comes as a result of his violation of a protection order and the premeditated murder of his wife, Wandisile Lucia Khoza.
Background of the Case and Protection Order
Sambo and Khoza were living together and had two children.
In May 2019, Khoza successfully obtained a protection order against Sambo.
The court had set conditions for the accused, including refraining from assaulting the deceased and making threats to kill her.
Fatal Encounter at the Workplace
According to Monica Nyuswa, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson in Mpumalanga, on October 12, 2021, the accused went to the deceased’s workplace, the Nkomazi Municipality Infrastructure offices, in search of her.
However, he did not find her and eventually left.
Later, the SANDF member returned to the deceased’s workplace, armed with a firearm, and located her there.
Violent Altercation and Tragic Outcome
An altercation erupted between the two, involving accusations of infidelity.
During this dispute, the accused stabbed the deceased multiple times and fired several shots at her.
Nyuswa explained that as a result, the deceased died instantly, and the accused fled the scene.
The Postmortem report confirmed that the cause of death was fatal gunshot wounds to the body.
Judicial Commentary on Domestic Violence
During the sentencing, Presiding Judge Vincent Ratshibvumo commented on the alarming prevalence of domestic violence in society.
He emphasized that many women and children live in fear, unable to walk peacefully on the streets or enjoy their daily activities without apprehension.
Ratshibvumo stressed the urgent need to address this issue.
Sentencing and Prohibition on Firearm Possession
In line with the prescribed minimum sentence, Judge Ratshibvumo found no reasons to deviate from it.
Consequently, the SANDF member received a life imprisonment sentence.
Additionally, the court declared the accused unfit to possess a firearm.