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Grandmother, toddler brutally murdered

Tokelo Rasephei

Mohale’s Hoek

Eight men were last week remanded in custody where they will await trial at the Mohale’s Hoek Magistrate’s Court for the murder of a 68-year-old woman and her three year old grandchild.

Rapelang Seholoma (28), Karabo Phama (25), Mathibeli Rehemetse Ramakoae (36), Retsilisitsoe Khutlang (25), Retsilisitsoe Phama (21), Sello Mokoena (48), Lets’abella Nts’ekalle (41) and Mokake Leteba (47) will appear before the same court on 5 March.

Indications are that on 12 February this year, the eight accused the now deceased woman of bewitching one of their relatives. They went to her home where they burnt her hut, killing the three-year-old child who was inside.

The three year old toddler was burnt to ashes while the eight chased after the woman and beat her to death.



BOKANG Makoae, a 26-year-old Botha-Bothe man, was on 20 February sent to remand prison after he failed to raise M1 000 bail when he appeared before the courts to face charges of stealing three cattle.

State papers indicate that Makoae, from Ha Ngoajane, was arrested on 16 February after suspicion that he was involved in the theft of the cattle from Ha Morake in the same district that went missing on 6 February this year.

According to Police Spokesperson, Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli, two of the cows were found in Phuthaditjhaba QwaQwa in the Free State Province of South Africa on 16 February 2018.

He is due for trial at the same court on 6 March this year.


Qacha’s Nek

Masebase Mosothoana (63), from White Hill was remanded in custody on 20 February after she appeared before the Qacha’s Nek Magistrate’s Court for the murder of her 66-year-old husband.

The trial will begin on 6 March this year.

It is the state’s case that on 17 February at about 8 pm, the wife accused her husband of infidelity with a 50-year-old woman from the same village resulting in the exchange of harsh words.

The accused then stabbed the man with a sharp mirror killing him instantly. After the killing she handed herself to the chief who took her to the police.

In another case, Neo Tsoana (32) and Likhetho Molikeng (52) from Hillside and Kuena Ramokeoana (46) and Sethinya Seleke (36) from Thifa in the Qacha’s’ Nek were remanded on M400 bail each when they appeared before the same court for kidnapping.

Reports indicate that on 21 February this year, the four kidnapped a 36-year-old man from Hillside accusing him of stealing their sheep.

The four allegedly then took drove their hostage in a car and dropped him off near the Senqu River in Ha Mohlapiso.


A thieving government driver, Malefetsane Ralesoetsa, (43) from Mahlalela Ha Mmako was on 20 February remanded on M500 bail after he was caught in the act siphoning petrol from an ambulance on 17 February.

Police say they recovered 20 litres of fuel at Ralesoetsa’s house.

He is expected back in court on 22 March for trial.


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