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Bail bash shocks murdered woman’s family

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Malebogo Rakala
DISTRAUGHT: Malebogo Rakala

Suspected muti –murderers party to celebrate freedom.

The mother of a murdered Molepolole court intern was this week overwhelmed with grief and anger as her daughter’s suspected murderers threw a party to celebrate bail.

The 20-year-old Baisago University student, Nthabiseng Motlogelwa was killed and her body parts harvested for muti in October 2015.

Six suspects were arrested for the murder but five of them were later released on bail.

The five, Mojalemotho Mokate, 59, Clement Gontse Phoi, 66, Mosimanegape Moatshe, 40, Moetapele Kgololo, 32 and Sebininyane Puso, 59, allegedly celebrated their temporary freedom with a big bash that shocked the village and opened raw the gaping wounds in the hearts of Nthabiseng’s grieving parents this week.

Speaking to The Voice after the suspects’ court appearance on Tuesday, the angry mother Malebogo Rakala, 39, expressed her frustration at both the suspects’ insensitive behavior and the state’s incompetency in handling the case.

“I do not think the state is doing enough to nail these cruel men. From the previous mention police were to bring statement results from the hospital but the magistrate has not followed up on that,” the devastated Rakala said.

Murder suspects
IN THE DOCK: Murder suspects

Tears welling up in her eyes, the distressed mother spoke of her frustrations at the news that Sebininyane Puso allegedly organised a party immediately after they were granted bail and invited some of the co-accused to celebrate their freedom.

Puso could not be reached for a comment but one of the accused on bail; Kgololo said he was not invited to the party.

Molepolole Station Commander, Charles Mbengwa however warned the accused not to celebrate too early because the case was far from over.

“Perhaps it was done out of ignorance but it seems they celebrated too early to me. The case is not yet over and bail is definitely not an acquittal,” said Mbengwa.

Meanwhile the sixth suspect, 30-year-old Keeagile Sekwati was denied bail and will remain in police custody until the suspects’ next court appearance, scheduled for April fool’s day.