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By unknown | Nov 21, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

A famous Witbank, Mpumalanga, shebeen queen and four "hitmen", including her boyfriend, were arrested this week - four months after the mysterious murder of her husband.

Meshack Johannes Malapane, 44, a teacher at the Vikela School of Industry, a centre for juvenile delinquents in Ogies, Witbank, was allegedly murdered on June 20 this year.

Police said he was allegedly attacked at his house on the school premises. He was tied to a bed and battered with a pick handle. After that he was strangled with a rope.

His body was then bundled into a car and taken to a veld where it was doused with petrol and set alight.

Shortly after his death his wife Betty Tsie, 35, of Vosman in Witbank, allegedly called her in-laws telling them that her husband had not returned home. She did not report him missing to the police.

His charred body was found in the veld four days after the killing. The deceased's father, Lebanang Malapane, told Sowetan yesterday that after months trying to solve his son's mysterious death, they turned to the Middelburg police - who solved the case in less than a month.

After intensive investigations the police arrested Tsie, Wisdom Cindi Loyuko, 20, and Selby Khanya, 38, on Tuesday.

They appeared in the Kriel magistrate's court.

Other suspects, Bongani Jeremiah Nkambule, 40, and Tsie's boyfriend, John Masuku, 50, were arrested on Wednesday and appeared in court yesterday. The case was postponed to November 26.

Captain Leonard Hlathi of Mpumalanga organised crime unit said Masuku turned himself in to the police after receiving information that they were looking for him.

Hlathi said they were also looking for Steven Mpofu, who could help them in their investigations.


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