Man sentenced to 20 years behind bars for murder of lover

The Mpumalanga Division of the High Court sentenced a 36-year-old man of Bhuga Trust, Adbul Samson Malambe, to 20 years imprisonment for the murder of his girlfriend, Zanele Jeanet Mnisi yesterday.

This is after Malambe pleaded guilty and was convicted of murder. On 18 January, Mnisi went to visit Malambe at his parental home. Later in the evening, they went to sleep in his room outside the main house.

According to the National Prosecution Authority, when they got into the room, Mnisi’s phone rang and Malambe recognised the number from the previous occasion which led to an argument.


“Another one broke out and Malambe took a broom stick and hit her several times. Upon realising that Mnisi is no longer breathing, he fled the scene leaving Mnisi’s lifeless body in his bedroom. He was arrested the following day,” said NPA spokesperson, Monica Nyuswa.

Senior State Advocate, Derrick Mashego, told the court that domestic violence scourge in our society should not be treated lightly. He said it had to be deplored and had to be severely punished. He added that hardly a day passes without a report in the media of a woman being beaten, raped or even killed in this country.

“Women live in constant fear for their lives. This is in some respect a negation of many of their fundamental rights such as equality, human dignity and bodily integrity. Therefore, people like Malambe must be removed from the society,” said advocate Mashego.


The judge told the court that the rate of femicide was high and every three hours a woman is killed. She added that Malambe’s conduct had left Mnisi’s family in distress. She then sentenced him to 20 years direct imprisonment and was further declared unfit to possess a firearm.

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