Man sentenced to life imprisonment for attacking and killing ex-girlfriend in Giyani


By Agreement Mabunda

POLOKWANE-Thohoyandou High Court  in Vhembe District has, on Thursday 04 July 2024, convicted and sentenced a 29-year-old male accused to life imprisonment for the murder of his girlfriend at Dzingi Dzingi village in Giyani.

The court heard that in the early hours of Saturday 08 April 2023,  the victim was with two people, her cousin and a friend, walking from a nearby tavern when the suspect, who was the father of her child, accosted her.  The two had an argument in which the suspect assaulted the victim.

A friend ran to the victim’s residence to report the incident and left the cousin with them at the scene.

The cousin tried to intervene, but the suspect overpowered her, and she was also assaulted.

She then left the victim with the suspect. The suspect attacked the victim with stones and left her unconscious.

When the friend came back with the brother, they found the victim in a critical condition. 

She was taken to the nearest hospital for medical attention, where she succumbed to her injuries. 

The police were notified about the incident, and they opened a case of murder.

The case was assigned to Sergeant Shirandiwa Anastacia Vuma for investigation.

Through her hard work and dedication, the suspect was arrested on Monday, 10 April 2023, at Jilongo village.

The suspect was released on bail.

Ceasman Dala Chauke, aged 29, was convicted and sentenced as follows: Murder, 1 life imprisonment. 

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, welcomed the conviction and sentencing handed down by the court and praised the investigating officer, Sergeant Vuma, and the roleplayers a job well done which resulted in the life imprisonment.

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