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By Alfred Moselakgomo | Feb 16, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A MPUMALANGA woman whose husband died when their shack caught fire last month has threatened to sue the Police Minister for wrongful arrest after being detained for his death.

Sibongile Zikhale-Mokgotho, 32, of Mphatheni village outside Hazyview, was arrested - but later released - in connection with her hubby's death.

While police say Zikhale-Mokgotho is still a suspect in Justice Mokgotho's death, she insists she had nothing to do with it.

Mokgotho died in his sleep last month when their two-roomed shack caught fire.

"After his sad death I was not even afforded a chance to bury him," she said.

"Police accused me of having a hand in his murder and detained me for three days without giving me food or anything to eat.

"I loved my husband and would never do such a horrible thing to him."

She said when the shack caught fire she was at her granny's home in KaBokweni, near White River, and came back after being informed about the incident by her neighbours.

"When I arrived at the house I found cops and bystanders and I was arrested."

She said she spent three days in police cells before being released without appearing in court.

"I don't know what made the police think that I had a hand in his murder. I won't rest until I know.

"For all the three days I spent at Masoyi holding cells I was never given food.

"Police told me that they did not cater for criminals."

She said on the day she was to appear in court, she was told by the police to give them her contact details and was later told to go home.

"They said I should not relax because I am still a suspect and that police will visit me weekly for investigations," she said.

She said the experience has tarnished her image in her village and wants she to sue the police.

Masoyi police spokesperson Inspector Jiyela Sibiya confirmed that Zikhale-Mokgotho was arrested on murder charges.

"She is not free yet. We have temporarily withdrawn charges against her due to lack of evidence, and until our probe has been concluded, we will not rest," said Sibiya.


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