Student slain in jealous rage
THE family of slain university student Tebogo Mokgabi-Mthembu, who was allegedly stabbed to death by his girlfriend last month, is preparing to collect his degree in May next year.
Mokgabi-Mthembu (22), a fourth year management accounting student from the North West University's Vaal campus, was allegedly killed by his girlfriend Manki Sekoto, a first year psychology student.
Mokgabi-Mthembu, who had been accepted to start his internship with AngloGold Ashanti next year, was two days away from turning 23 when he was killed.
Sekoto appeared in the Vanderbijilpark Magistrate's Court and was released on R2500 bail.
Mokgabi-Mthembu's uncle Buti Mthembu says the family, especially the deceased's mother Matsidiso Mokgabi-Mthembu, is battling to come to terms with her son's death.
"What is more difficult for her is that her son was about to get employed," says Mthembu.
Mthembu says the deceased and his friend had been watching soccer in their room and they were joined by a female companion.
"We were told Sekoto came in and began to accuse Tebogo of having an affair," he says.
Mthembu says Tebogo tried to explain but Sekoto would not accept his explanation.
"He then threw her out of the room and locked it but later went out looking for her," he says.
Mthembu says after a while the couple were heard arguing in the passage and Sekoto ran to the kitchen.
"She found one of the women cooking there and grabbed a bread knife that was lying on the table and cut him on the neck.
"We are told he died seven minutes after the incident happened.
Sekoto was later arrested," he says.
Sekoto is due back in court next month.