WOZA (Johannesburg)

11 August 1998

South Africa: Dan Mabote gets life for murder of Mamokgethi Malebane

Johannesburg — The Johannesburg High Court today sentenced Dan Mabote to life imprisonment for the 1997 murder of seven-year-old Mamokgethi Malebane. Mabote was sentenced to a further 12 years' imprisonment for abducting Mamokgethi and three years for escaping from lawful custody.

Mabote (31) had confessed that he abducted and murdered Mamokgethi in Katlehong on July 21 last year, one day before she was due to testify against him in court on a charge of rape.

According to SABC Radio News, Judge Lucy Mailula told a packed Johannesburg courtroom that violence against children had become the order of the day, particularly in the Johannesburg area, and that it had to be eradicated.

Gauteng MEC for public safety and security Paul Mashatile welcomed

the judge's sentence, describing it as "a good signal of the commitment on the part of the entire criminal justice system to deal more drastically with rapists and murderers.

"I commend the police for their sterling investigative work and Judge Lucy Mailula for meting out this punishment. I hope the others will emulate them. We all have a duty to protect women and children."

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