Former Limpopo Traffic Officer, Masingita Chabani (In Brown top) sentenced to life imprisonment by the Limpopo High Court. Photo supplied.

By: Otto Ngoveni

LIMPOPO – The convicted Limpopo traffic officer, Masingita Gloria Chabani’s future has finally been decided by the Limpopo high court in Thohoyandou.

Chabani faces convictions that include murder and human trafficking, and the decision to sentence her came after a back to back court appearances.

Chabani has been given a life sentence when she appeared in court on Thursday the 25th of January 2018 after the conclusion of a long going police investigation.

During the back to back appearances by Chabani, courts used to be packed to capacity and that contributed into judges postponements, due to lack of any evidence.

Chabani (48) face 1 count of murder, 1 count of hijacking, 2 counts of kidnaping and 1 count of defeating the ends of justice.

15 state witnesses, including the doctor who signed Chabani’s maternity leave were cross examined where another witness was Chabani’s co-accused, Steven Sithole. Sithole pleaded guilty on all counts and was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.

Sithole was sentenced by judge Francis Kganyago after 5 hours consideration and he said they now have adequate evidence to sentence the 2.

According to the judge, Chabani murdered Hlulani Maswanganyi who was 17 years of age and kidnaped Maswanganyi’s infant, Trinity Mbavala.

After sentencing of Chabani, a Maswanganyi family representative, Wilson Mahlawule said they are happy and they welcome the sentence, but their only challenge it’s where are they going to get their child’s remains.

“We suffered enough sorrow to last a lifetime and now we wish to get our child’s remains so that she can rest in perfect peace.” Explained Mahlawule.

Chabani committed this crime in 2015, and the toddler Mbavala, was found in Chabani’s homestead and was rescued.