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By unknown | Dec 05, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Tebogo Tshipi

Tebogo Tshipi

Six people, including two sangomas, appeared briefly on a charge of murder in a packed Seshego magistrates' court outside Polokwane yesterday.

Lisbeth Phasha, her son Aubrey, his girlfriend Martha Motale and Lisbeth's boyfriend, Bernard Bila, appeared with two of Aubrey's friends, Jonas Boshomane and Thabo Mathibela.

The six are accused of killing 21-year-old Jonas Leputu, allegedly for muti purposes. They also allegedly set his body alight.

Bila is a sangoma from Mozambique who came to South Africa a few years ago to seek work.

Leputu's body was found in his burnt-out shack, burnt beyond recognition at Mashinini settlement outside Seshego last month.

Seshego police spokesman Inspector Mohlaka Mashiane said yesterday that a few days after Leputu's death they had received a tip-off from neighbours who said they suspected he had been murdered.

According to the charge sheet, Mathibela and Boshomane, together with Aubrey Phasha and his girlfriend Martha Motale, allegedly stabbed Leputu in the chest and took some of his body parts to Aubrey's sangoma mother Lisbeth, who gave the parts to her boyfriend Bila.

The case was postponed to December 11 because the lawyer representing the accused had failed to show up in court.

The accused have not been asked to plead.

Meanwhile, the Young Communist League in Seshego yesterday expressed anger over the postponement of the case, claiming it was being delayed unnecessarily. The league's spokesman, Jossey Buthane, said they had teamed up with the Traditional Healers Organisation to protest against the accused being granted bail.


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