By Nyakallo Mosala
A case of murder against the man accused of assaulting and murdering his girlfriend in Phokeng has been postponed for further investigation. Letlhogonolo Mokoena, notoriously known as ‘Maradona’ today – Monday, appeared briefly before a magistrate in Bafokeng Magistrates Court, in Tlhabane near Rustenburg, for murdering his girlfriend Selina Dubazana (23) on Christmas Day of 2019. Dubazana had allegedly called off her relationship with Mokoena, citing domestic abuse. While walking home with her two male friends on Christmas Day, Mokoena allegedly assaulted the two males with a beer bottle. Dubazana managed to escape, however he followed her and started beating her to a pulp. She was later taken to hospital and spent two weeks in intensive care unit before passing on.
Outside the court, community members wearing “STOP WOMEN ABUSE” t-shirts and held placards written “#JusticeForSelina” “#IamSelinasVoice” and “JUSTICE MUST PREVAIL”.
#IamSelinasVoice is an online campaign initiated by Dubazanas long-time friend, Dineo Mogale who said that her friend did not deserve to die the way that she did. Selina was a humble and respectful young lady. Although I had been away when she was killed, she had told me before that she was planning to leave Maradona” Mogale said. The aim of this campaign is to say that enough is enough with femicide. In one of her post on Facebook she posted I need all the support I can get to make sure that Selina gets justice. How can one kill another, go to jail – eat, sleep, bath and still get an opportunity to get free education? I cant take the law into my own hands, so I need all the support I can get”.
Royal Bafokeng Nation’s councillor, Tshepo Mabule, said the community of Phokeng where both the accused and the victim are from, should join hands and gather support from political parties. “Let us all unite with the aim of protecting our women and girl children against gender-based violence. It does not matter if you are ANC or DA, let us work together to get justice for our women” Mabule said. He said the accused did not show any remorse during his appearance as he kept smiling throughout the court proceedings.
Mokoena is currently out on R 1500 bail and is expected back in the dock on 13th May 2020.
Meanwhile in the same court, a case against 40-year-old Sonnyboy Ramela accused of the murder of 15-year-old Zanele Boyi in Chaneng, near Phokeng has been postponed to 28th May 2020. Ramela has been accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering Boyi on 1st January 2020. Boyi was raped along with her 18-year-old friend while walking from a local tavern. She was later killed and dumped in the bushes. Her decomposed body was found four days later after her parents had opened a missing person’s case.
The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena had condemned the incident and said that the police will have no mercy in dealing with those who commit gender-based violence.