Address mix-up keeps 'killer' wife in custody

Itumeleng Makhalemele-Maseko had her bail application postponed in the Witbank Magistrate's Court in eMalahleni. She is accused of the murder of her socialite husband Caswell Maseko. / Thulani Mbele
Itumeleng Makhalemele-Maseko had her bail application postponed in the Witbank Magistrate's Court in eMalahleni. She is accused of the murder of her socialite husband Caswell Maseko. / Thulani Mbele

The bail application of a 26-year-old woman accused of stabbing and killing her husband was postponed by the Witbank Magistrate's Court in Mpumalanga after her address was handed over to the wrong investigating officer.

Itumeleng Makhalemele-Maseko, who stands accused for the murder of her husband Caswell Maseko, 30, made her second court appearance on Thursday but the formal bail application was postponed to Friday.

Makhalemele-Maseko walked into the packed courtroom with a blue blanket wrapped around her waist. She sat quietly with her arms folded to her chest.

Her lawyer requested that the bail application be postponed to Friday because he had initially given his client's address to a wrong investigating officer (IO). The lawyer said the right officer would need more time to verify the information.

State prosecutor Fannie Mavundla agreed with the postponement.

"The state agrees to afford the IO more time to verify the address," Mavundla said.

Magistrate Daleen Venter told Makhalemele-Maseko she would be remanded until the case resumption on Friday.

She allegedly killed her husband, who is the father of their two children, at their home in eMalahleni over a week ago.

It is alleged that the couple had a heated argument before Maseko was killed.

Maseko, a businessman who was known for his lavish lifestyle, was buried last Saturday. SowetanLIVE reported that members of his social club called the Mesh Kings showed up in luxury rides and splurged on expensive liquor during the "after-tears" party in honour of his memory.

Makhalemele-Maseko made a brief court appearance last week after she had handed herself over to police following Maseko's murder.

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