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Murder-accused DJ appears in court

Johannesburg -

A radio DJ accused of killing his girlfriend appeared briefly in the Protea Magistrate's Court, Soweto, on Thursday.

Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai. Photo: Sharon Seretlo. Credit: THE STAR

Donald Sebolai, 37, was charged with murdering his 32-year-old girlfriend Rachel Dolly Tshabalala.

Wearing a grey hooded jacket and jeans, he stood attentively in the dock while magistrate Herman Badenhorst read the charge to him.

“You are charged with premeditated murder, which is a schedule six offence, for which you could get a life sentence if convicted,” Badenhorst said.

In terms of six of the Criminal Procedure Act an accused must show exceptional circumstances exist to justify their release on bail.

Prosecutor Tebogo Lesebo said the State was waiting for a post mortem report and statements from more witnesses.

Sebolai was arrested on Tuesday after being on the run for over a week.

Tshabalala was stabbed several times and left in a locked flat in Jabulani, Soweto, on June 29.

Sebolai is a presenter at Soweto-based community radio station, Jozi FM.

Tshabalala's relatives were in court to observe proceedings. The family would not comment further on the case as they were in mourning, said the woman's brother-in-law, Aubrey Tshabalala.

Badenhorst postponed the case to July 16 for further investigation. - Sapa

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