The police confirmed they were indeed looking for the sergeant.
The eMalahleni police have launched a manhunt for one of their colleagues after his wife Busi Mokwana was found shot dead a few kilometres from her home.
The police are basing their chase for Sergeant Elvis Sithole on information they received from Mokwana’s family, which includes an SMS he allegedly sent to her uncle.
Mokwana was found dead Thursday afternoon 3 January 2019 in the eMalahleni suburb of Tasbet Park. She was in her car that was parked on the side of the road and had a gunshot wound on the side of her head.
Local police told the 013NEWS reporter on the sidelines of the scene at Kiepersol Street that Mokwana’s uncle, known only as Mokoena, received a “shocking SMS” from the policeman and it was alluding to the death of the 34-year-old mineworker woman.
The scene where Busi Mokwana’s body was discovered.
In the SMS, which the 013NEWS reporter saw and obtained through a screengrab, Sithole allegedly wrote that this was a “lesson that next time there is a problem in the family you don’t just run to the police station”.
Local police said it was sent around 3 in the afternoon – while police and the family were on the scene. She was last seen this morning at around 6 when she left for work in her maroon Renault Clio.
“Investigations are continuing, we are currently looking for the sergeant to assist us with investigation,” one police officer told the 013NEWS reporter before referring further queries to provincial police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi who said a full statement will be released.
WANTED: eMalahleni cop sergeant Elvis Sithole.
The incident has left the Mokwana family devastated, believing that this occurred as a consequence of the troubles they faced in their marriage.
Uncle Mokoena said that around October 2018 Sithole beat Mokwana badly, to the extent that her eyes were “closed from the swelling”.
“After the incident she left him and she was living with me. We very very disturbed as a family, he had been threatening her and was obviously following her” Mokoena said.
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”.
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.