029 12/05/17 Sandile Mantsoe is believed to have killed , burnt and murderd her girlfriend Karabo Mokoena who went missng, this was his first appereance. Picture:Nokuthula Mbatha

JOHANNESBURG – Convicted murderer Sandile Mantsoe maintains he did not kill Karabo Mokoena saying his only crime was trying to make her life better.

Mantsoe a married father of three sons was on Wednesday found guilty of murdering Mokoena last year and dumping her body in the veld in Lyndhurst.

Judge Johnson also found him guilty of assault and defeating the ends of justice.

Mantsoe appeared unfazed by the judgment and insisted that he did not kill Mokoena.

He said, “It’s unfortunate that I came into her life at a point where things were already bad so maybe I’m guilty of trying to build a person and being the last one there when she collapsed.”

He says Mokoena’s family knew that he was a positive influence on her and was only trying to help.

“All those things about homes and stuff, I was the one who inspired her to start the NGO. I was the one helping her set up all those things.”

Gauteng MEC For Social Development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza said the guilty verdict handed will serve as an example and a warning to all perpetrators of abuse.

Mayathula-Khoza said the ruling should be welcomed by many people.

“We are happy as the ANC Women’s League and I’m happy as the MEC because it is sending a very strong message to those who are perpetrators of violence.”

Photo Credit- Destiny Man

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