20 May 2019

South Africa: Father, Stepmother and Hit Man Sentenced to Life By a High Court in Bloemfontein

press release

The three accused Kelebogile Molatole (50), Khoeliea-Marena Sefuthi (53) and Tebogo Molatole (47) were today sentenced to life imprisonment each for the murder of Tebogo Molatole's son, Kearabetswe.

On the 5 April 2017, the 17-year-old Kearabetswe was from a soccer practice with his cousin, when left him and went to the shops to buy soft drink. On his return he found Kearabetswe lying in a pool of blood in the backroom of his father's house in Gladstone, Thaba'Nchu. Thaba Nchu Police were summoned to the scene and it was discovered that the boy had been shot in the head and chest.

The Provincial Organised Crime Task team were tasked to investigate the matter and it was not long when the pieces of the puzzle were put together and three, i.e the deceased father, step mother and the hit-man were arrested. Thorough Investigation revealed that the motive for the murder was that the father did not want to continue paying maintenance after he retired as a teacher.

All three were found guilty of his murder and were sentenced to serve life in prison.

Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Moeketsi Sempe said: The specialized team of detectives was put together in the Selosesha Cluster and they worked tirelessly sourcing information and ultimately made the breakthrough.

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