A traditional Northwestern healer who burned his girlfriend alive and stabbed her while she was on fire was found guilty of murder on Monday.
Thapelo Ramoruki, 29, was arrested before the North West High Court in session sentenced at Mogwase District Court. In addition to the murder conviction, he was also found guilty of displaying a firearm.
He was acquitted of kidnapping and illegal possession of a firearm.
Sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday scheduled .
It is alleged that on January 12, 2021, Ramoruki – a traditional healer – drove to Sandfontein Cemetery for a performance along with his girlfriend Tsholofelo Tsheko, their one-month-old baby and Tsheko’s younger brother to perform a ritual for their child.
He took gasoline, an air gun, a knife, and traditional beer.
After performing the ritual, they moved to a nearby dam to clean himself before going home.
“Upon arrival at the dam, Ramoruki pointed a gun at himself, later turned it on Tsheko and ordered her to give the baby to her younger brother.
“He told the brother to wait in the car. Then he doused Tsheko with gasoline and set her on fire. He continued to stab her in the abdomen multiple times while she burned,” said National Attorney General Henry Mamothame.
Ramoruki was arrested at the scene. Tsheko was taken to Moses Kotane Hospital but died the next day.
Ramoruki is due to be sentenced on Wednesday.
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