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Media Statement of the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services on the Mantsoe Sentencing

03 May 2018

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv Michael Masutha has welcomed today’s judgment by the South Gauteng High Court in which Sandile Mantsoe was sentenced to more than 30 years imprisonment for last year’s murder of Karabo Mokoena.

Minister Masutha said the sentence was most appropriate and demonstrated the justice system’s zero tolerence to gender-based violence.

Said Minister Masutha: “Mantsoe’s sentence is a strong statement that the crime of murder in general and against women in particular will neither be tolerated nor go unpunished.”

He added that the continued incidents of women and children abuse, some resulting in murder, require a concerted short, medium and long term response by all South Africans regardless of their race, gender and class position.

“Our country requires a cultural renewal which strongly asserts and inserts gender equality as one of the fundamental elements of our social relations,” Minister Masutha added.

Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

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