DJ Donald Duck murder case continues

Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai looks through a court document containing crime scene photos after trial proceedings, 27 July 2015, at the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court, South of Johannesburg. Sebolai is accused of murdering his girlfriend Rachel Dolly Tshabalala in his flat in Soweto last year. Picture: Alaister Russell

The murder trial against former Jozi fm DJ Donald Sebolai is expected to continue in the Johannesburg high court, sitting in Palm Ridge on Tuesday morning.

Sebolai, otherwise known as “Donald Duck”, is accused of stabbing to death his girlfriend, Dolly Tshabalala, at her flat in Jabulani, Soweto, last year.

He is facing charges of murder, theft of a motor vehicle and defeating the administration of justice.

Already two witnesses were called to take the stand on Monday. The first to take the stand was photographer from the SA Police Service (Saps), Constable Moses Malepe, who presented gruesome descriptions of pictures taken at the crime scene where Tshabalala died.

The deceased’s mother, Dikeledi Marawa, also spoke about how she first met the accused, who came to her house in the early hours of a Sunday morning (around 3.30am) in June last year.

“We heard somebody knocking on my front door and my daughter went to check who it was.

“I then woke up to go and see who my daughter was talking to before she introduced him to me as her boyfriend…I knew him from his popular radio show but I did not know he was having an affair with my daughter,” said Marawa.

“It appeared Sebolai had poured my daughter with the milk he was carrying.”

Marawa said she asked Sebolai why he spilled milk on her daughter and if he knew that Dolly was still married even though the couple had separated.

“I said to him that even her husband has never done something like this before..spilling milk on her,” she said.

“I told my daughter that Donald was not the man for her…he disrespected me by coming to my house that early in the morning,” she said.

According to the accused, Dolly manhandled him, but Marawa denied this, saying her daughter had just woken up by the knock on her door.

Sebolai also denied statements attributed to Dikeledi Marawa about her meeting him for the first time in early June last year.

Marawa is expected to be cross-examined by Sebolai’s defence team on Tuesday morning.

 

Daughter warned of DJ Donald Duck

 

Donald Sebolai, accused of stabbing to death his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala at her flat in Jabulani appears at the Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday morning. Picture: Steven Tau

Donald Sebolai, accused of stabbing to death his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala at her flat in Jabulani appears at the Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday morning. Picture: Steven Tau

Dikeledi Marawa, the mother to Dolly Tshabalala, who was stabbed to death allegedly by her boyfriend and former Jozi fm DJ, Donald Sebolai, testified in Sebolai’s court case yesterday, saying: “Not even my son-in-law has ever knocked on my door in the early hours of the morning.”

Sebolai is accused of stabbing Tshabalala to death in her flat in Jabulani, Soweto last year.

He pleaded not guilty on the three charges of murder, theft of a motor vehicle and defeating the administration of justice.

Marawa was the second witness called to the stand in the Johannesburg high court, sitting in Palm Ridge. Yesterday she said she was aware of her daughter’s relationship with Sebolai.

“I had known Donald through his radio shows that were inspiring, but never met him in person and nor did I know that he was having an affair with my daughter.

“The first time I saw him, was when he came to my house… it was on a Sunday at around 3.30am last year, during the same month of June when my daughter was killed. We heard somebody knocking at the front door, and my daughter woke up to go and see who was there, but minutes later I could hear my daughter talking to somebody. When I decided to get out of bed, I found them standing there, and Donald had milk in his hand, but it appeared he had spilled the milk on my daughter,” said Marawa.

She said that’s when her daughter introduced Sebolai as her boyfriend, before asking her to give them some space.

“They then went outside towards the gate, but I could hear my daughter telling him ‘You can kill me all you want, I don’t care’, and when my daughter came back inside the house, I asked her: ‘Do you call that man your man… this is not a man’.”

“The accused disrespected me by knocking on my door that early in the morning,” Marawa testified.

She will be cross examined by Sebolai’s defence team when the murder trial resumes today.

Meanwhile the first witness, Constable Moses Malepe, presented gruesome descriptions of photos that were taken at the crime scene where Tshabalala was killed.

Giving a description of some photos, Malepe, a photographer from the SA Police Service (Saps), said the photos show a wound on the top of the deceased’s vagina.

“There was also no sign of damage to the trouser the deceased was wearing,” Malepe told the court.

Relatives and close friends to the deceased could not hide their emotions, as murmurs could be heard from the court gallery.

The court also heard that there were alleged blood stains found on the fridge and toilet door frame. A knife was also found on the table.

Sebolai was early this year released on R10 000 bail.

– stevent@citizen.co.za



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