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‘Dolly died like a whore in Hillbrow’

By Roxanne Henderson

SOUTH AFRICA – The mother of the slain girlfriend of former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai has suffered from insomnia, heart problems, weight loss and severe headaches since her daughter was killed “like a whore in Hillbrow”.

Found Guilty: Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai looks through a court document
Found Guilty: Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai looks through a court document

Elizabeth Marawa testified in Sebolai’s sentencing proceedings at the Johannesburg High Court, sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court, southeast of Johannesburg, yesterday.

Sebolai, 38, also known as DJ Donald Duck, was convicted in October of murdering his girlfriend Rachel “Dolly” Tshabalala, 32.

Sebolai stabbed Tshabalala in her lower abdomen after the couple fought at his Soweto flat in June 2014. She died of severe blood loss.

A poster of Rachel 'Dolly' Tshabalala next to were she worked at Wits University
A poster of Rachel ‘Dolly’ Tshabalala next to were she worked at Wits University

The court heard that their turbulent relationship had seen more than one incident of violence, often paired with the couple consuming alcohol.

Prosecutor Elize le Roux asked Marawa to tell the court of the impact her daughter’s death has had on her.

Marawa said that in addition to her poor health she has also suffered financially as Tshabalala was the breadwinner in the home.

Sebolai had testified that Tshabalala was jealous, violent and had engaged in a sexual “threesome” with him and her best friend Nonhlanhla Mkhize. Mkhize denied this in court.

Marawa, who broke down in tears while speaking about her daughter, said Tshabalala was a “decent, educated and God-fearing woman”.

Speaking outside court after her testimony, Marawa said she was very hurt her daughter “died like a whore in Hillbrow”.

She said Tshabalala was on track to complete her second degree in September last year.

Earlier, Professor Rachel Jewkes, director of the Gender and Health Research Unit at the SA Medical Research Council, told the court that only 37.4% of perpetrators of intimate partner killings were convicted in South Africa.

Sentencing proceedings will continue in February because the defence needed more time to prepare evidence. Sowetan

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