Ntiyiso Shilumani, the man who strangled a Limpopo intern medical doctor in January has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Limpopo High Court judge Ephraim Makgoba yesterday handed down life imprisonment to Ntiyiso Shilumani, 26, who pleaded guilty to the murder of his girlfriend Shongile Nkwashu.
Shilumani killed Shongile, 24, in her room at Mankweng Hospital on January 20 after a heated argument.
Handing down the sentence, Makgoba described Shilumani as a young man who lacked respect. “I regret to note that you lack respect and it will be difficult to rehabilitate you. You should learn to respect the elders because the court found that you did send Shongile’s father nude pictures of his daughter.”
Makgoba further found that Shilumani premeditated the murder after he sent her father Kenneth Nkwashu several threatening text messages.
“In one of the messages you said that ‘If I can’t have her no-one will have her’, and in another one, you said her father will not get a cent from her salary. Indeed, all his prayers have come true because as we speak her father never got a cent as she died before her pay, and she is dead … no-one can have her.”
Nkwashu’s father welcomed the sentencing and said his daughter would be happy that justice has been meted out on her killer.
“As someone who was at the receiving end of Shilumani’s threats, I’m happy though my daughter will not come back. I spoke to my wife about the outcome and her spirit was high,” he said.
He said his family will now focus on raising Nkwashu’s two-year-old son who will be growing up without his mother.
Limpopo health MEC Phophi Ramathuba, who attended the two-day trial, heaped praise on the justice system for swift sentencing. “No amount of sentence will bring back our beloved doctor who had a bright future. When we see the sentence like this one you feel encouraged that whoever wants to commit murder will think twice,” she said.