Dec 4, 2022

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Traditional healer sentenced to life in jail for burning girlfriend alive in 2021

A traditional North West healer who burned his girlfriend alive and stabbed her several times in the abdomen as she burned was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The North West High Court, which is in the Regional Unit Mogwase in court sentenced Thapelo Ramoruki to life imprisonment for the murder of Tsholofelo Tsheko, his girlfriend and mother of his one-month-old child.

The 29-year-old was sentenced to an additional six years in prison for being on a firearm.

The National Law Enforcement Agency (NPA) said the penalties would be imposed simultaneously.

On January 12, 2021, Ramoruki rode with Tsheko, her Baby and Tsheko’s younger brother to the Sandfontein Cemetery to perform a ritual for his child.

“For this purpose he took petrol, an air pistol, a knife and traditional beer. They then performed the ritual and then moved to a nearby dam to cleanse themselves before going home,” said NPA spokesman Henry Mamothame.

At the dam, Ramoruki pointed a gun at himself , but then pointed it at Tsheko and ordered her to hand the baby over to her younger brother.

“He continued to tell her to wait in the car. Then he doused his girlfriend with petrol and set her on fire. He continued to stab her in the abdomen multiple times while she burned. Tsheko’s younger brother saw flames and heard his sister scream for help. He then drove off to get help.

“The police were also called and the suspect was arrested at the scene. Tsheko was taken to Moses Kotane Hospital where she received medical attention but died on January 13, 2021.”

The autopsy report identified multiple stab wounds and burns as the cause of death.

On the aggravation of the sentence, attorney Sello Maema urged the court not to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence as there were no compelling and material circumstances that would justify it.

Judge Tebogo Djaje said it had a huge one There has been an outcry over gender-based violence and femicide, and courts should restore communities’ confidence in relation to such serious crimes. Rachel Makhari-Sekhaolelo welcomed the conviction and commended the police and prosecutors for their hard work.

“This should be a stark warning to those who may wish to commit a similar offense that the criminal justice system is serious about.” gender-based violence, femicide and abuse of women and children,” she said.

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