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By unknown | Oct 23, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

A Limpopo man who shot and killed four senior management staff of Seshego Hospital at the weekend appeared in the magistrate's court yesterday.

The man, Mocheku Tsamago, 27, from Zone 5 in Seshego, appeared in the magistrate's court on four counts of murder.

He is alleged to have killed Martha Putuka, the hospital's chief executive, Vice Rambuda, manager for corporate services, Godfrey Maanda, labour relations manager, and Godfrey Mamashela, a transport officer at the hospital.

Tsamago shot all the victims in cold blood using a weapon he allegedly grabbed from a security officer at the institution's gate.

This after Tsamago was earlier served with a dismissal letter over a hit-and-run accident in which a person was killed by a state car he was driving.

The court postponed the case to November 9 for a formal bail application. He was remanded in custody.

Provincial police spokesman, senior Superintendent Motlafela Mojapelo, said the matter would be investigated further.

Journalists from various media institutions in the area were yesterday treated shabbily during Tsamago's court appearance.

First, yours truly and other fellow scribes were instructed to wait outside the courtroom despite frequent attempts to get a glimpse of the suspect.

When the suspect left the courtroom to board a police van that was parked outside, police went out of their way to shield the suspect to prevent photographers from taking a picture of him.

This action was contrary to earlier arrangements with the local police to allow the media to cover the proceedings.

When contacted for a comment over the action by police, Seshego police spokesman Superintendent Patty Khumalo said it was "unfortunate".


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