BOTSHABELO: Four suspects made a brief appearance before Botshabelo Magistrates Court on Monday; the 27 November 2017, facing charges of murder, defeating the ends of justice and perjury.
Mohau Moteba (32), Thuntsha Oliphant (33), Lebohang Mohapi (23) and Molebatsi Senooe (26) who were friends to the deceased Mpakane Daniel Mpakane (29), who was allegedly murdered in February 2012.
The alleged murder weapon was found from one of the suspects. This follows an incident on 18 February 2012, when one of the suspects went to the deceaseds house and asked him to accompany them to a local tavern.
The following morning on the 19 February 2012, just before 11:00, the family of the deceased were called by a neighbor to a nearby house where on arrival they found the deceased with multiple stab wounds to the neck and face.
The deceased was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspects then told the police that they were attacked by a group of people from the tavern and pointed the police to the said people who were arrested said the six accused were the ones responsible for the murder.
The men were later released because they could not be positively linked to the case and the case was provisionally withdrawn in December 2013.
In September 2017 the Deputy Provincial Commissioner, Crime Detection, Major General Jones Qhobosheane ordered the case to be reopened and reassigned to an investigating officer at Province who worked tirelessly to resolve the case and arrested all four suspects.
The suspects have been remanded in custody to appear again on Tuesday 05 December 2017 for formal bail application.