By Kaya 959 Reporter
A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for the murder of Gauteng MPL and Chairperson of the Safety and Security Portfolio Committee, Mapiti Matsena.
Monoko Francis Thoko was also found guilty of housebreaking with intent to kill.
“Matsena was at his Doornpoort home in Holy Hock Road when Thoko broke into his bedroom door. When he gained entry, he found Matsena’s wife in the room while Matsena was in another part of the house. When the wife saw Thoko she started screaming, Thoko told her to be quiet and covered her with a blanket,” officials said.
NPA spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said when Matsena walked back to his bedroom, he saw Thoko and they began fighting.
“Thoko stabbed him multiple times and he died on the spot. Thoko pleaded guilty to the charges of murder and housebreaking with intent to murder,” Mahanjana said.
Thoko worked for the family
State Advocate, Mari Marriot argued that the commission of the offences was planned in that he waited until 21h00 in the evening to enter into the premises of the deceased.
“It can be further not be argued that his guilty plea does not constitute remorse as the state had a very strong case against him.”
Thoka worked for Matsena and was paid for taking care of his disabled son. Through his lawyer, Martin Botha, Thoka said he had to bathe the boy and take him to school.
Thoko also worked in the family’s garden. He said following a disagreement with Matsena’s sister, he quit his job and when he went back to collect his belongings, Matsena refused to hand them over.
He went back repeatedly but Matsena refused to give him back his personal items, which included a phone tablet and clothing.
He said he decided to take revenge and confronted Matsena. Thoko said he intended to stab Matsena.