A LIMPOPO widow is living in abject poverty with her eight children after her late husband's mistress allegedly emptied his bank account.
Jane Bapakileng Mohlala of Mandela village in Namakgale allegedly withdrew R30000 from the bank account of the late Malebogo Piet Sebopela.
Sebopela used to work at the Phalaborwa Mining Company.
Mohlala was allegedly romantically involved with Sebopela, whose wife Elisabeth Mohlale Sebopela lives in Madibaneng village near Burgersfort in the Sekhukhune area.
Mohlala allegedly had all Sebopela's essential documents, including his bank cards and PIN numbers.
A week after Sebopela's death, Mohlala allegedly withdrew the money without first consulting the deceased's wife or family.
Sowetan is in possession of the bank statement showing transactions made at FNB in Phalaborwa.
Sebopela has, since the disappearance of the money in March, opened a case of theft with the Phalaborwa police but Mohlala has still not been arrested.
"We have provided the police with all the information which could lead to the arrest of the suspect but still nothing has happened. When we ask about progress in the case, they tell us that they are still investigating.
"We have now lost trust in the police because it seems as if some people are more special than others," said Sebopela yesterday.
"All I want is for the woman to return the money she stole from my late husband because his children are starving."
Mohlala confirmed withdrawing the money but said she wanted to use it for her "boyfriend's funeral".
She said she wanted to give Sebopela a dignified send-off. She added that she could not do so without the money.
Phalaborwa station commissioner Senior Superintendent Masilo Selepe said the case had been referred to the director of public prosecutions for a decision. Selepe, however, could not say why it was taking police so long to arrest the suspect.