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Sandile Mantsoe to learn his fate this week

It is D-day for murder-accused Sandile Mantsoe on Wednesday as closing arguments are set to be heard, while judgment is set to be handed down on the same day.

Mantsoe is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Karabo Mokoena in 2017.

He has pleaded not guilty to three charges, including premeditated murder.

Sandile Mantsoe

In a surprise move, Mantsoe’s defense team opted not to call any witnesses to support his claim that Mokoena took her own life.

Mokoena was last seen alive at the accused’s home.

Mantsoe has already admitted that he disposed of her body, but said he did so in a panic after she stabbed herself in the neck.

Her body was dumped in a veld and set alight.

Mantsoe has painted Mokoena as a violent person who was “addicted” to the high life.

In a statement read out in court previously, Mantsoe claimed Mokoena used to beat him up and that she had become angry and depressed after she was raped by the friend of a former lover.

He also alleged that Mokoena used to cut herself and that her sister had witnessed it.

Mantsoe faces charges of premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice.

He has also been charged with assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm for allegedly assaulting Mokoena on March 27, 2017.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Mantsoe, a married father of three, had reportedly been in a romantic relationship with Mokoena since October 2016. It is believed that he and his wife were estranged.

The accused has denied killing Mokoena but, during his bail application, he said he disposed of her body after he came home and found that she had committed suicide.



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