Itumeleng Maseko walks free as state witness dies

The family of the slain millionaire says they are quite disappointed.

The National Prosecuting Authority in Mpumalanga has said that they had to let Itumeleng Maseko walk free after a key state witness died.

NPA spokeswoman Monica Nyuswa said the state witness died in a car accident early this year and this really sabotaged the case.

Nyuswa said the dead person was the only person the state could rely on in the matter.

She said the cops had opened an inquest docket to investigate the “circumstances” of the accident.

Itumeleng had been charged with the murder of her husband Caswell Maseko who was killed on 1 September 2018.

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The state alleged that she stabbed the man to death on that night, apparently after they argued at their house of Mereldene Estate, Down Town eMalahleni.

She fled the scene in a Range Rover she owned to Pretoria but two days later handed herself over to cops, accompanied by her lawyer.

She languished in jail for nearly two weeks until she was released on bail on 14 September 2018.

ALSO SEE: Caswell wanted to leave Itumeleng 

Caswell’s Caswell’s uncle, Sunday Maseko, has told the media that the family was devastated that they will not get justice for their son.

“Obviously we are not happy as a family,” the uncle said.

“We are frustrated. Once again we have been failed by the South African justice system,” he said, adding they don’t have a choice but to make peace with the court’s decision.

“There is nothing we can do. Only God will judge her. Even if she had been found guilty, the fact is that we have lost him [Caswell],” Maseko said.

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Itumeleng Maseko’s murder case postponed to next year

The 26-year-old mother of two is out on R3000 bail.

The case against Itumeleng Maseko has been postponed to next year January for police to complete investigations.

She appeared just after 9 in the morning on Friday wearing a black outfit with a black doek and a grey shoal.

Standing quietly in the accused’s box, Maseko listened as state prosecutor Johan Haremse told the court that they still have to obtain two statements as a well a “photo album” that would form part of evidence.

Haremse then asked the court to postpone the matter to 15 January 2019.

Maseko, a mother of two very young kids – a 4-year-old and a 4-month-old – is accused of killing 30-year-old Caswell Maseko in the early morning of 1 September 2018.

The married couple lived in their Mereldene Estate home, eMalahleni town and had allegedly argued on the night the multi-millionaire died.

In court papers, Itumeleng said she would plead not guilty and would tell the court “the basis of my defence during trial stage”.

Her lawyer, known as Miriri, said they do not know what two statements the investigators wanted to obtain.

“I told the court to strike the matter off the roll because our law states it very clear that if it is found that there are unaddressible delays and there is a party to be blamed, one can request the matter be struck off the roll pending the finalisation of that which is causing the delays,” Miriri said when he spoke to the 013NEWS reporter after the matter has been postponed.

The court was not packed with friends of the slain Caswell as it was on 14 September 2018 when Itumeleng was applying for bail.

Only two of his friends were inside court and Itumeleng was also seen with two men and a woman who were accompanying her.

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‘Caswell wanted to leave Itumeleng’

All allegations against her are yet to be proven in court where she faces a murder charge.

Friends and neighbours of the late Caswell ‘Somahhashi’ Maseko have told 013NEWS of the problems the man had with his wife and how he wanted to leave her.

A female neighbour who lived just few houses from the slain multi-millionaire’s home of Mereldene Estate, eMalahleni town, said on the night Itumeleng Makhalemele-Maseko allegedly stabbed him to death she had left the house “to go cheat” and then Maseko “found the kids alone in the house”.

The neighbour, who doesn’t want to be named because of the job that she does, echoed statements by Maseko’s friends who attended her court appearance on Friday.

Maseko was the President of the Mash Kings group, which is popular for driving top of the range vehicles including the red Ferrari 458 Spider that Caswell owned and for spending thousands of rands on expensive alcohol.

“Caswell was in the process of wanting to move out of the house to the new [house] that he was building in Reyno Ridge as she was violent towards him,” the neighbour said.

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“He once told us few months ago while we were having lunch with others at KaMamakhe caravan outside the Witbank provincial hospital that he wanted to go alone to the new house,” the source said.

Another source, a close friend of his, said that since Maseko was buried on 8 September 2018 his “expensive clothes are missing” and were allegedly taken to a boyfriend’s place.

On Friday a week ago, Makhalemele-Maseko, who is not very popular in the eMalahleni area since her man’s death, was released on R3000 bail by the eMalahleni Magistrates Court.

In her bail application, she said that she intends to plead not guilty.

“And I also submit that the state’s case against me is weak and I will disclose the basis of my defence during the trial stage,” she said.

“I have a valid defence in the matter. I respectfully submit that I have good prospect of success and a trial court will find me not guilty,” she added.

Now friends and family are worried that her father, who is a top detective investigating murders at the eMalahleni police station, was the first on the scene.

“Yes the case will be weak because everyone knows that Witbank police are very corrupt,” they said.

eMalahleni police spokesman Captain Eddie Hall didn’t immediately respond to enquiries on Tuesday.

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Court has ‘weak case’ against Caswell Maseko’s wife

She was let out on R3000 bail on Friday morning.

The eMalahleni Magistrates Court doesn’t really have a strong case to prove that Itumeleng Makhalemele-Maseko stabbed her husband on the morning of 1 September 2018.

This is contained in her bail application affidavit submitted by her lawyer to court.

The state didn’t oppose bail application and didn’t go into details about what happened on the night the 30-year-old Caswell Maseko died.

In her affidavit, which was not read out in the fully packed court fearing the sensitivity of the case to the murdered man’s friends and family, Makhalemele-Maseko said it was important for the court to let her out on bail as the court will not find her guilty.

“I have been informed that I’m accused of having committed the offence of murder,” her affidavit which the 013NEWS reporter saw reads.

“I deny the aforementioned allegations in the strongest terms,” said Makhalemele-Maseko.

She is accused of stabbing her millionaire husband, nicknamed ‘Somahhashi’, on 1 September 2018.

She has been in custody since 3 September 2018 after she handed herself over to the cops following the 1 September murder.

She had allegedly fled the scene following the incident in the early morning of 1 September.

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“I wish to submit that I intend to plead not guilty,” she said.

“And I also submit that the state’s case against me is weak and I will disclose the basis of my defence during the trial stage,” she said.

“I have a valid defence in the matter. I respectfully submit that I have good prospect of success and a trial court will find me not guilty,” she added.

The matter was postponed to 9 November 2018 to allow police to conclude investigations.

Makhalemele-Maseko was wearing a grey sweater and a blue blanket wrapped around her waist.

Her mother was in court to support her while friends and family of her murdered man were also in court.

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Caswell Maseko’s wife in court for his murder

She allegedly stabbed the flamboyant businessman during a cat-fight at their home in Mareldene Estate, eMalahleni town.

The wife of slain businessman Caswell ‘Somahhashi’ Maseko has made a brief appearance at the eMalahleni Magistrates Court, charged with his murder.

She is 26-year-old Itumeleng Maseko and was not asked to plead to the charge.

Maseko appeared in court on Wednesday morning this week (5 Sep), she only applied for bail but the court asked that her bail application be heard on 13 September 2018.

She will now remain in custody until next week Thursday when the application is heard.

Maseko is suspected of killing Somahhashi, a fairly rich young eMalahleni businessman and a member of the Mash Kings gang that is known for drinking expensive whiskeys and showing off their top of the range luxury cars.

Somahhashi died on the Saturday night of 1 September 2018 inside their home of Mareldene Estate, in eMalahleni. Maseko allegedly fled but handed herself over to the cops on Monday.

Her father, who is also a cop, was the first person to be found on the scene – allegedly after Maseko called him.

The court was packed with family members and friends of Somahhashi who were clad in white t-shirts and were there to “support the man in calling for justice to be served”.

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