A 53-year-old Molepolole man has been charged with threatening to kill his biological son following a bizarre misunderstanding.
The accused, Mothusi Sekanoko of Mokgopi ward, was remanded in custody by Molepolole Magistrate Court on Tuesday.
The Ngware Primary School night watchman allegedly threatened to kill his son, Juel Sekanoko by uttering the words, “Ke tsile go lala ke go bolaile wena,wa ntlwaela (today I am going to kill you, you are disrespecting me).”
According to sources, Mothusi’s wife attended an all night prayer at church but he went to collect her while the prayer was still on.
“On their way home, Juel phoned his mother trying to inform her that some elders at church wanted to meet her. Mothusi, who was unaware that the caller was his son, got jealous thinking that it was another man and started threatening his wife for cheating,” said the sources.
“When Juel realised his mother was not returning to church, he followed his parents home and met them on the way. While trying to explain that he was the one who phoned his mother, his father attacked him with words of threat.”
The sources further allege Mothusi’s outburst quickly escalated as the old man brandished a knife and chased his son, who managed to run away and seek assistance from the public.
During arraignment, the Prosecutor Sub, Inspector Tshepo Marakalala told court the wife is now scared of her husband and has since moved to Tlokweng.
He explained that the investigating officer had travelled to Tlokweng to record the wife’s statement but was yet to record the statement of a key eye-witness.
Though he pleaded with the court to be granted bail on the basis that he has children to care for and a job to maintain, Mothusi’s plea bore no fruits.
He was remanded in custody and will next appear for mention on November 29.