Known for living a high life and scoring lucrative Kusile power station tenders, his death has sparked an outcry all over social media.
Police sources have detailed the incident that led to the death of businessman Caswell ‘Somahashi’ Maseko, drawing the picture of the domestic hardships that he and his 26 year old wife faced.
Police are currently questioning Somahashi’s wife and are preparing the “the final details” for her to appear at the eMalahleni Magistrates Court.
A police source who is privy to investigations said Somahashi’s wife – whose name is known to 013NEWS and who cannot be named because she hasn’t appeared before court – was at their house of Mareldene Estate, eMalahleni on the early morning of 1 September 2018 together with a female friend.
When he arrived, he allegedly got angry that his wife “was with this woman and ordered her out of the house”.
“The information that we got shows that the person she was with was someone that the deceased didn’t like and it looks like they had spoken against their friendship,” a highly-placed police source told the 013NEWS on Tuesday morning.
Once she had been ordered out of the house, the source said, “the two began arguing”.
“That’s how his life ended. During the argument, a knife was used to stab him fatally. He died on the spot and then the wife left the house. She must have called her father because we found him on the scene,” the source said.
Caswell, a successful and flamboyant businessman who drove around in a Ferrari, is said to be someone who was “loved by money, though he grew up in a poor family, in a shack but he was able to make it”.
Rising up with a company called Lisile Engineering and Supplies, the 30-year-old man had just built himself a state of the art mansion in the affluent Reyno Ridge suburb and was due to come live in it on 15 September 2018.
The day of 15 September is said to be his mother’s birthday….
Police spokesman Sergeant David Ratau said Caswell’s wife handed herself over to the cops and was due to be charged with murder.
“I can only confirm that the suspect is a lady and is currently in custody. We are preparing for her to appear in court in connection with the murder of her husband,” Ratau said over the phone.
The murder of the businessman has caused an outrage on social media – with a lot of people saying it was “unfair” that he had been killed.
Words of condolences began pouring on his Facebook wall few hours after he died on 1 September 2018.
But other sources have told the 013NEWS that Somahhashi was “too controlling” to his wife and she was “undergoing emotional abuse” under his hands.
“They always fought. Issue of girls and stuff. But he was a nice guy. We will always miss him. Such was not supposed to happen to him,” one of his friends told this paper.
Family spokesman Sidwell Masango said this was a painful loss and as family they were putting everything to God.
“[The pain] is felt even more deeply as we are going through such grief,” Masango said, “the shock of it!”.
“The suddenness of it all still makes it hard to believe. It is like an engine suddenly stopping in the middle of the sky. The tears are real we need prayer more than anything,” he said.
(edited by MLM)
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