The mother of murdered University of Johannesburg (UJ) student Palesa Madiba has said that Dumisani Mkhwanazi, the man convicted in the matter, is yet to show any remorse for the gruesome act.
She spoke ahead of his sentencing in the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday, 26 February 2021.
“Whenever I see Dumisani, I can tell that he has no regrets. He has shown no remorse and I see that for him, life goes on…my heart breaks,” Ms Madiba said in an interview with eNCA.
Madiba was murdered in Phiri, Soweto in August 2013 while visiting her friend Matshidiso Mkhwanazi for a sleepover. The friend is also Mkhwanazi’s niece. The woman’s remains were later discovered in a shallow grave at Tshidi’s home in December 2015.
Dumisani Mkhwanazi’s niece recounts the day Palesa Madiba went missing
Matshidiso Mkhwanazi was the first state witness in the trial. She told the court that she last saw Palesa at her home on August 12 when she left for work.
“My grandmother woke up first on that day and prepared to go to work, I then woke up after her to prepare for work as well , while I was preparing , Palesa was in bed in her pajamas and we were just chatting,” Mkhwanazi said.
Palesa had classes on that day at UJ and was to leave later. Mkhwanazi, who left eaelier, said she had told her (Palesa) to leave the keys to the main house in the garden.
She said she had failed to reach Madiba on her on the phone the whole day but failed to do so as it was on voicemail.
“When I arrived from work at 7pm that day I found my grandmother at home and told her that I have been trying to call Palesa the whole day and Dumisani Mkhwanazi who later arrived at home said he has seen Palesa leave in the morning, he even described how she was dressed,” she said.
Dumisani Mkhwanazi is alleged to attempted to steal Palesa’s cellphone before assaulting and eventually strangling her. Her body was discovered by a neighbour who noticed her hand sticking out from the grand.