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Death of a Shebeen Queen

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Customer butchers shebeen owner to avenge nephew’s death

A 71-year-old woman who owned a shebeen in Rasesa was recently murdered by a customer who was allegedly avenging his nephew’s death who died at the same drinking spot in 2014.

Emily Ketsabile was axed to death by the suspect, Sheila Raleso, 34 who also burnt the only house that the deceased’s had.

Before ending the old woman’s life Raleso allegedly said: ‘my nephew died in this drinking spot so the owner deserves to die.’

According to an eye witness and a neighbor to the deceased, Mmasetsenwa Mpedi, 61, they normally hired the suspect to mend cattle kraals.

“He is evil, he came to my home after burning Ketshabile’s house and confessed that he killed her to revenge for his nephew’s death,” said Mpedi.

She said the old woman tried to run when the suspect took the axe, but fell as she was very old.

“He hit her behind the neck and Ketshabile died instantly,” she said adding that she hopes justice will prevail for her long time friend.

Asked if indeed the suspect’s nephew died in the same shebeen, Mpedi confirmed but said it had nothing to do with Ketsabile.

“The man was killed by another customer after a fight and there was nothing that Ketsabile could do,” she said.

Mochudi Police Station Commander, Superintendent Olebile Simon Sitale confirmed the incident and said the suspect had already appeared before court charged with arson and murder.

“We searched for the suspect for days and we are still investigating the case,” he said.