Ramabulana’s aunt Mavis Sitholimela said her niece’s death has left the family devastated.

“Precious’s mother has been in and out of hospital since the death of her daughter. It is weighing heavily on her because the death came after she lost her husband the previous year,” she said.

Sitholimela said Ramabulana looked after her mother and siblings with NSFAS money she received for her studies.

“She bought furniture, not only food, and was doing her final year in public management,” Sitholimela testified in aggravation 

Manaka had this week pleaded guilty to  the brutal murder of Ramabulana.

Ramabulana was found in her off-campus room in Mokomene outside Polokwane, where she had been raped and stabbed multiple times. 

Manaka was found in possession of her two cellphones.

The court further heard that Manaka had dropped out of school in grade 10 after he was dismissed for smoking dagga in 2011.

In his mitigation, Manaka said he has a four-year-old daughter who stays with her mother and he also looks after her financially. 

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