Zane Sekhwela says the claims that he is convicted murderer, Sandile Mantsoe, have put his family in danger.
Images of the qualified accountant who currently lives in Tzaneen, Limpopo, have been making the rounds on social media – with many mistaking his identity for Mantsoe.
Some took to X, formerly known as Twitter, saying they’ve seen Sekhwela walking the streets of Braamfontein in Johannesburg.
Mantsoe was sentenced to 32 years behind bars in 2018 for killing Mokoena and later disposing of her charred remains at an open veld in Lyndhurst.
The Justice and Correctional Services Department has, however, rubbished claims that Mantsoe escaped custody.
Justice Minister’s spokesperson, Chrispin Phiri, took to X confirming that the murderer is still in custody at the Standerton Correctional Centre.
Sekhwela says he is scared for his life after his images were widely publicised and being labelled a murderer.
He went on to dismiss claims that he is in Braamfontein.
“I’m currently in Tzaneen, I’ve never even been in Braamfontein this year, cause I’ve permanently moved to Tzaneen since the beginning of this year.”
“I’m also scared for my life right now because this could be dangerous. It’s a dangerous situation that I’m in right now.”
The accountant says it’s not the first time he is mistaken for Mantsoe.
“Some other guy when I was still in Braamfontein last year, he did stop me when I was walking on the streets and asked me if I know of Sandile but back then I didn’t know of the story until I went on Google, that was last year in June to check out who this guy is.”
“But yeah I don’t think we look alike,” says Sekhwela.
Sekhwela further reveals that he will be taking legal action in this matter.
“I’m currently consulting with my advocate, because I’m an accountant , I do business, I still want to get employed somewhere else. Imagine when I go apply for a job and they go through this profile and they find something like this.”
— zane_Sekhwela 🏳️🌈 (@modidimazane) October 3, 2023
These Sandile Mantsoe tweets are scary and quiet frankly I blve them. They also need to check where tf is Oscar Pistorius cause last we heard he was also released
— BadboyF|ames🔥 (@Sakhilenavy21) October 3, 2023
But who said this guy is Sandile Mantsoe? Did anyone tag or post his pics claiming he’s Sandile? https://t.co/BkwoVzt2bW
— Hail Mary (@HailMary619) October 3, 2023
That guy who people mistakened him for that murderer Sandile Mantsoe must be feeling very unsafe yoh.💔
— Tshəpo (@julius_thamana) October 3, 2023
There is an oke in Tzaneen who fears for his life because you guys dropped pictures of him saying he’s Sandile Mantsoe.
— Siya 🇿🇦 (@mawisir_) October 3, 2023
Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza