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Man who skipped bail after wife's murder caught

By unknown | Jan 29, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

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A fugitive facing charges of murder for the death of his wife in 2000, who had been on the run for four years after skipping bail, is finally behind bars.

The police were following a tip-off when they caught Doctor Makaringe, 41, in his hiding place in Mpumalanga last week.

Makaringe, of Merry People Stream near Thulamahashe in Bushbuckridge, fled shortly before he was to appear before the Graskop circuit of the Pretoria high court in 2003 and has been on the run since.

Police received information that he was hiding in Witbank and later in Mozambique and other places, but they searched to no avail.

Superintendent Moatshe Ngoepe said yesterday: "We got a tip-off about his hiding place and pounced on him in the early hours of Thursday morning in Carolina."

Makaringe allegedly shot his wife, Sbongile Mabaso, 30, dead at her parents' home at Ludlow village after accusing her of having an extra-marital affair.

At the time he worked as a representative for an insurance company in Giyani.

His friends described him as a friendly person who "played big in a small town".

William Maphosa, a close friend, said: "I don't really know what got into him, but he lived the high life, like a millionaire. He hired sport cars and changed them like he was changing underpants."

Makaringe allegedly claimed he was sick when locked up at the Mhala police station in Thulamahashe yesterday and was taken to the health centre in handcuffs and leg irons, apparently to prevent him from escaping again.

He appeared in the Mhala magistrates' court on Friday. His next court appearance will be on February 26.


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