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Man sentenced to 15 years for lover’s death


HE STRANGLED his girlfriend and dumped her body in the bush.

But now Tankiso Maloka (31) of Manyatseng near Ladybrand in the Free State got his punishment.


He was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment by the Bloemfontein High Court on Monday. Tankiso was found guilty of killing Malefu Motsetse (15) on April this year.

Malefu, from Lesperence Farm in Ladybrand, was reported missing by her family.

She was later found dead in the bush near her home. Tankiso was arrested in hospital after trying to kill himself.

Malefu’s family suspected that Tankiso knew where Malefu was, so they informed the cops about him.

He confessed that he had killed Malefu.

Tankiso took the cops to the bush where he had dumped the body. He told them that before the murder, Malefu had received a call and he answered it. A man on the phone wanted to speak to Malefu. Tankiso then accused Malefu of cheating. An argument ensued between the two which led to Tankiso strangling Malefu with a head scarf.