A woman stands by a drawing sketched on the ground, representing women killed by men, during a protest against violence against women. File picture: Francisco Seco/AP

Kuruman - Olebogeng Magara, 33, has been sentenced in the Kuruman Regional Court to 20 years imprisonment for murdering his 40-year-old ex-girlfriend, Northern Cape police said on Sunday.

Magara was at a tavern at Batlharos village near Kuruman on December 19, 2016 when he saw his ex-girlfriend speaking to another man, Lt-Col Dimakatso Mooi said.

"He went and physically attacked the victim, asking her why was she speaking to other men in front of him and that is when he stabbed her with a sharp object. The victim tried to run away but collapsed.
 
"Magara further assaulted the victim’s friend who tried to go and call help from the family. Magara was arrested on the same day and has since been in custody as bail was denied due to the fact that he had a pending case of assaulting the very same victim he murdered," Mooi said.

On Thursday, the court sentenced him to 20 years for murder, three years for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and six months for common assault. The sentences would run concurrently, Mooi said.
 
Northern Cape police commissioner Lt-Gen General Risimati Shivuri welcomed the sentencing and commended the investigating officer Warrant Officer Mpho Basekiseng "for the sterling investigation that ensured that Magara faced jail time". The sentencing would serve as deterrent to other perpetrators of gender-based violence and also showed that the law took seriously crimes committed against women, Shivuri said.
African News Agency