Family disowns 'killer' nephew
'POSSESSED WITH DEMONS': The family of a man accused of killing his uncle with a knife in Botshabelo, Free State, have vowed that they will not accept him in their lives again.
One of them, Lebohang Lehloka, told Sowetan that they were not prepared to forgive his nephew, Samson Lehloka, 20.
Samson appeared briefly in the Botshabelo Magistrate's Court for allegedly killing his uncle, Motsamai Lehloka, 31.
Magistrate Welmarieta le Roux warned the accused that he was facing a serious charge of murder and would need a legal representative after he had informed the court that he would conduct his own defence.
Motsamai was stabbed in the upper body with a butcher's knife, allegedly by his nephew, on Saturday night.
"I don't know why he killed my brother. The deceased loved him, we raised him as our own child," Lehloka said.
He said Samson was possessed with demons and the family had done everything to assist him.
"He was a good and spiritual boy until 2010 when his mother died. He changed and we took him for counselling, spiritual and medical assistance.
"We were so concerned about his behaviour," Lehloka said.
Last month Samson attacked Lehloka's wife, Gladys, by assaulting her with a car shock absorber.
"I don't know why he attacked and assaulted my wife," he said. "My wife's hand does not function properly after the assault. After the incident he started walking around with weapons in our house. My children were also scared of him."
Last Saturday night Samson attacked Motsamai, who was getting out of a vehicle in their yard, with a knife.
He allegedly stabbed him and fled on foot. Lehloka rushed Motsamai to the Botshabelo Hospital in his vehicle, where he was certified dead on arrival.
"I don't think we will even pay for his bail.
"We can't accept him back. He killed one of our own and might return to kill us all.
"We now fear for our lives," he said.
Samson is expected to appear in court again next week.