Ntsikelelo Saki, a 29-year-old South African, was found guilty of murdering student Mbali Hlongwane of the Ekurhuleni West College Campus in a planned manner by the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg.
In a statement, Phindi Mjonondwane, Regional Spokesperson for the Gauteng Local Division of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), stated they would argue for the strongest punishment on Friday, August 11, 2023.
“The accused and the deceased were both students at Ekurhuleni West College campus in Katlehong,” the statement read.
Saki accused Hlongwane of recording him urinating at a tavern and posting it to the students’ WhatsApp group, which lead to an argument.
The accused and the deceased also disagreed on the eligibility for taking a test. The deceased was overjoyed that she qualified and informed the members of the WhatsApp group, which sparked excitement among all those who qualified.
The accused posted in the group that they should not be happy because some students did not qualify to take exams.
On the day of the examination, October 25, 2021, the dead was to write in the morning and the accused arrived on campus and waited outside the gate for the deceased.
One of the students noticed Saki and asked him why he was wearing a jacket in such hot weather. The accused was holding a knife beneath his jacket and said he was waiting for Hlongwane to steal her soul.
Hlongwane was warned by her classmates about what the accused planned to do to her. She left college and met up with Saki, with whom she had a talk.
After they talked, when she turned to go, the accused stabbed her twice on her back, and when she turned to face him, he stabbed her twice more on her chest. The accused fled the scene and was later apprehended in Cape Town.
The NPA congratulated State Advocate Siyabonga Futshana and Investigating Officer Constable Motaung for ensuring that Saki is brought to justice and faces the full force of the law for his crime.
“Gender-Based Violence (GBV) remains a prevalent pandemic that South Africa is faced with, and we will argue for the harshest sentence on Friday,11 August 2023,” the statement added.