The Pretoria woman arrested for allegedly killing her police captain husband appeared in the Mamelodi magistrate's court yesterday.
Margaret Thole, 25, was arrested together with Kabelo Molopyane, 25, Ditiro Morare, 35, and Amanda Mdhluli, 24, in Mamelodi West on Tuesday.
Charles Thole, 50, was shot dead at his Mamelodi West home on September 19. Thole had been stationed at the VIP protection unit in Pretoria for 14 years.
The wife allegedly admitted to police that she was involved in her husband's murder. The captain's mother, who did not want to be named, described him as a loving person who had no enemies.
"He returned home from exile in 1992 and has been a police officer ever since. He was a good father and a wonderful husband. I visited them a lot. Not once did I sense any tension between them. They looked happy. I don't know what got into her. My son loved her since she was a teenager and the whole family loved her. How do I explain this to my grandchildren?" she wept.
The Tholes had been married for more than eight years and had two daughters.
Police say Thole was in his garage-spaza shop when two men arrived and started chatting to him.
"While they were talking, one of them pulled out a gun and shot the police officer twice in the head and once in the chest. The suspects then fled the scene after the shooting," Police spokesman Bonginkosi Msimango said.
Thole was buried on Saturday. His assailants were arrested just after midnight on Tuesday.
The case was postponed to October 9 for legal representation.