“These are the deeds of an evil person and the deceased died a gruesome death. Women have the right to walk freely and society requires protection from the courts from people like Manaka to gain confidence in the criminal justice system.

“Precious was 21 at the time of her death and still had life ahead of her. When the crime was committed, Precious Ramabulana was defenceless and unarmed therefore a suitable sentence must be imposed to deter future offenders,” said judge Maake Kganyago.

In his plea, Manaka told the court he wanted to propose to Ramabulana because it was love at first sight when he saw her dancing with her friend on a veranda.

“He then decided to go watch soccer and drink alcohol. He said he later came back in early hours of the morning and knocked on the door of Precious’s room,” said National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Limpopo spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi.

Manaka alleged Ramabulana was afraid to open the door.

“Manaka decided to forcefully open an window and gained entrance, after which there was wrestling between the two. It is at this point he decided to stab her several times, before raping her and stabbing her several times after raping her. He left the scene with her cellphones,” said Malabi-Dzhangi.

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