Wife and 'hitmen' in court after hubby's killing
AN ESTRANGED Mpumalanga woman allegedly wanted to move back into her marital home so badly that she allegedly arranged for her husband to be killed.
The woman allegedly contacted a friend to arrange for hitmen from Lesotho to kill him and alerted her children about the pending murder.
This week, Selina Hlalele, 38, her friend Ntombi Mafubetswana, 48, and the three alleged hitmen - Thamage Thapelo, 39, Popole Lebele, 27, and Mohlahlehi Makele, 30 - appeared in the Evander Magistrate's Court in connection with the murder of Jeremiah Hlalele.
Makele alleged that Selina Hlalele had promised them R20,000 for her husband's murder and had paid them a deposit of R5,000.
The accused were arrested after Hlalele's wife apparently confessed to organising his execution.
Hlalele, 48, a well-known athlete, was found dead in his house at Thistle Grove in Kinross, Mpumalanga, with multiple stab wounds.
He worked as a senior process controller at Sasol in Secunda.
Mpumalanga police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Hlathi said Selina Hlalele confessed that she had asked her friend Mafubetswana to find hitmen who could eliminate her husband.
"Mafubetswana then hooked up Selina with three Lesotho nationals who killed Hlalele," said Hlathi.
"It later emerged that Selina's children, Thabo, 21, and Dimakatso, 28, were aware of the plot but did not inform the police," he said. Both were charged with defeating the ends of justice. However, the charges against them were withdrawn after they turned state witnesses.
Hlathi said Hlalele's marriage with Selina had been on the rocks for some time and she had moved out of their marital home in October last year.
"She hired a backyard room a kilometre away from their house while Hlalele continued to stay with the kids at the house.
"Prior to her moving out, the couple were always involved in nasty domestic violence and police were frequently called to the house to intervene," Hlathi said.
He suspected that Selina might have wanted to go back to her house when she decided to kill Hlalele as he was the only obstacle to her moving back in.
Hlalele was killed on May 6 and police made a breakthrough only on Tuesday this week after an intensive investigation.
Cellphone call recordings revealed that Selina Hlalele had spoken to Makele for 168 minutes, moments before her husband was stabbed to death.