Aubrey Manaka, the man who is said to have murdered Limpopo student Precious Ramabulana, will know how long he will spend behind bars, as the High Court in Limpopo is expected to sentence him on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

Manaka has pleaded guilty to all charges against him including rape, murder, robbery and house breaking. Ramabulana, a 21-year-old student at Capricorn TVET College was stabbed 52 times while she was sleeping at her off-campus residence in November 2019.

The police found her body in a pool of blood with several stab wounds.

“Police investigations also revealed that Manaka was involved in the rape case of a four-year-old girl in 2014. This case has since been reinstated.  The count was withdrawn because the J88 of 2014 indicated that there was no penetration. The doctor also confirmed that there was no penetration as the victim did not have injuries, and the victim said that the accused did not rape her,” said the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi.

“The matter adjourned to tomorrow (10 June 2021) for the defence to address the court on mitigation of sentence and the prosecution will address the court on aggravation of sentence”

The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi

Aubrey Manaka apologises for killing Ramabulana

In his confession statement, Aubrey Manaka claims he had not planned on killing Precious Ramabulana as he had feelings for her. Manaka claims on the fateful night, he had actually intended on romantically proposing to her, but ended up breaking into her room and killing her.

He has apologised to the young woman’s family for the crime. His lawyer read out the statement to the court.

Ramabulana’s aunt, Mavis Silothimela has said while they forgive him, he must still face justice.

“To forgive and forget is not easy for us as the family, we forgive him, but we want him to be in court until his time, there is a promise, there is clear indication that they are going to do justice,” she is quoted as having said.

The South African