FLAVIO Hlabangwane (28) was sentenced to life in prison for killing his girlfriend Tshepang Pitse (23).
He appeared before the High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 16 May.
He was also sentenced to 10 years for defeating the ends of justice and 15 years for violating a corpse.
Judge Cassim Ismail Moosa said the accused never showed any remorse for his unlawful actions and lied about the behaviour and conduct of the deceased to that end.
Moosa described Tshepang as a young woman who was full of life and had a great future ahead of her.
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“From the evidence, it’s clear that the accused humiliated the deceased.
“The accused failed to provide any prove to support his allegation that the consuming of drug played a role in the commission of the crime,” Moosa said.
The judge said a survey conducted in 2009 found that 57% of women had been killed by perpetrators they knew.
The incident happened in Protea Glen, Soweto in 2021.
Flavio was arrested in 2021 after the body parts of Tshepang were discovered by a girlfriend who had spent the night in the back room of Flavio.
The girlfriend was looking for food in the fridge when she found human body parts.
The deceased’s uncle, Edward Pitse, told Favio to enjoy his stay in prison.
He said the family had given up on getting the missing part, a torso, which the accused never revealed where he buried it.
“Even if he was sentenced to life in prison, it will not bring Tshepang back. We expected a lot from her to take care of the family when she finished her medical studies,” he said.
Edward said the accused was part of the family.
“If his family offers condolences, we will accept it,”
NPA regional spokeswoman Phindi Mjonondwane said: “The brutal killing of women cannot be normalised, and as the NPA, we will continue to advocate for stringent sentences against perpetrators of gender-based violence,”
Zodwa Zwane, a former PA of the late Winnie Mandela, welcomed Flavio's conviction.
“Tshepang asked me before she died to help her get out of the relationship because she was scared the guy was going to killed her.
“We are happy with today's verdict, even though it won’t bring her back. It’s scary what the judge said about the killing women in this country,” she said.