Article by: Dumisane Dube
The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has sentenced Monoko Francis Thoko (29) to 30 years behind bars for the murder of former African National Congress (ANC) MPL in Gauteng, Mapiti Matsena.
Mapitsi Matsena was stabbed to death at his Doornpoort home in the northwest of Tshwane in 2020. He was the Chairperson of the Safety and Security Portfolio Committee in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL).
Lumka Mahanjana, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson says the 29-year old was also found guilty of housebreaking with intent to kill.
“Matsena was at his Doornpoort home in Holy Hock Road when Thoko broke into his bedroom door. When he gained entry, he found Matsena’s wife in the room while Matsena was on the other part of the house. When the wife saw Thoko she started screaming, Thoko told her to be quiet and covered her with a blanket. Upon Matsena returning back to the room, he found Thoko and they started fighting. Thoko stabbed him multiple times and he died on the spot,” explained Mahanjana
Mahanjana added that Thoko pleaded guilty to the charges of murder and house breaking with intent to murder
The State Advocate, Mari Marriot said the murder was premeditated.
“It can be further argued that his guilty plea does not constitute remorse as the state had a very strong case against him, “argued Marriot.
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