According to Mpumalanga police, Doctor Khoza, 26, was sentenced to ten years of direct imprisonment by the Nkomazi Regional Court for viciously assaulting his girlfriend.
Nomfundo Mahlangu, a 23-year-old Grade 12 student at Sidlamafa Secondary School in KaMhlushwa in 2021, narrowly escaped death after her accused lover viciously hacked her several times.
According to Colonel Selvy Mohlala, spokesperson for the Mpumalanga police, the savage attack occurred at Mahlangu’s residence.
“Nomfundo was slashed repeatedly on her head and arms, causing a fracture on her hand as well as serious ear injuries,” said Mohlala.
Investigators at KaMhlushwa worked to find the boyfriend until he was apprehended a year later, in November 2022, in Carolina, Mpumalanga.
“The suspect, Doctor Khoza, 26, was found guilty in Nkomazi Regional Court on Tuesday 15 August 2023 and sentenced to ten years direct imprisonment,” said Mohlala.
Khoza was also found unfit to possess a firearm. Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, provincial commissioner of the SA Police Service in Mpumalanga, commended the investigation team.
“We as the SAPS management in Mpumalanga province welcome the sentence and strongly believe that perpetrators of gender-based violence as well as those who abuse women and children will get a lesson from this sentence,” she said.