Mother’s killer is sentenced to life

He will spend a further 15 years in jail for robbery

THE family of the mother who was murdered in front of her two young daughters, aged 6 and 9 at the time, saw justice being served today when her killer was sentenced to life in prison.

Kgotatso Clement Ramawele (25) killed 33-year-old Anne-Marie van Zyl. He will spend a further 15 years in jail for robbery. The sentencing took place at the Randburg High Court.

On March 8 this year, Ramawele confronted Van Zyl at her place of work, Trio Data, in Spartan, where he stabbed her to death in front of her daughters.

According to Capt Jethro Mtshali, spokesman for Kempton Park SAPS, Van Zyl’s family is happy with the sentence, as they wanted a long sentence for Ramawele, especially considering the trauma the little girls had to endure: firstly watching their mother being killed and having to spend the rest of their days without her.

“The police would also like to thank W/O Motsai who has been handling the case since the beginning,” Mtshali said.

Ramawele throughout insisted he did not plan her murder but that she used the k-word during their encounter. He also denied bringing the murder weapon with him.

He further denied stealing a red cash box from the company and that he had left a bloody note at the scene of the crime.

“Why did you cancel my contract? Did you think about my children?” were some of the remarks in the note.

Ramawele and Van Zyl both worked at Trio Data until he resigned two months prior to the murder. When he wanted to come back, head office refused to re-employ him.

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