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By unknown | Sep 27, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

Despite fears from the police that setting him free would put his wife's live at risk, the Temba magistrate's court in Hammanskraal set a Mpumalanga businessman free on R4000 bail on Tuesday.

Solly Madileng, 48, allegedly shot his wife seven times and left her for dead. Madileng was already on R5000 bail for assaulting one of his employees when he allegedly tried to kill his wife, Maki Madileng, 38.

Magistrate Isaac Motsoai said there was no reason to refuse him bail. But last week, investigating officer Inspector Jan Phofele pleaded with the court not to grant Madileng bail because he had violated his bail conditions on the assault case of his employee.

Phofele told the court that Madileng was on R5000 bail when he shot his wife.

It is alleged that Madileng kidnapped and assaulted his former employee, Ephraim Makitla. He had accused Makitla of stealing from his supermarket.

This was after a burglary at his shop. Madileng suspected that Makitla was the man behind the burglary.

He laid burglary and theft charges against Makitla, but the case was thrown out of court because of insufficient evidence. Madileng then decided to take the law into his own hands.

Makitla then opened a case of assault and kidnapping against his former employer.

Madileng was then arrested and granted bail by the Marapyane periodical court.

"While on bail, he went to see Maki at her parents' home. This was after she had moved out of their marital home," Phofele told the court.

"He tried to reconcile with his wife, but Maki declined. He then sprayed her with a hail of bullets in the mouth, stomach and legs," Phofele said.

He also told the court that Madileng was a danger to society, and that the safety of his wife, who is still in hospital, would be at risk should he be granted bail.

But yesterday Magistrate Motsoai gave him bail of R4000 under conditions that he should neither see his wife in hospital nor his children, and that he should hand over his passport to the investigating officer.

The case was postponed to October 16.


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