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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Police sources reveal what happened on the night Caswell’s life ended

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.

Police sources reveal what happened on the night Caswell's life ended

Caswell Maseko.

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.

Police sources reveal what happened on the night Caswell's life ended

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.

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Tasbet boy disappears in front of friends

They were playing in the street when three men took them by surprise.

The police in eMalahleni are appealing to the community to help them find 13-year-old Kathlego Marite.

Kathlego was kidnapped by three unknown men while playing with friends in the eMalahleni area of Tasbet Park this week.

Cops say the men were driving a gold Toyota Corolla on Monday afternoon and when the car stopped near them, one of the men in the car got out and took Kathlego.

The incident happened in Frangipani street, Tasbet Park Extension 1.

Police say Kathlego’s friends saw one of the men was wearing a green jacket

“Kathlego’s friends ran to his mom and told her about the ordeal. She in turn reported the incident to the police,” police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said.

Anyone with information should call the cops on 071 352 6007 or 08600 10111.

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‘Gabisile had only started secondary school’ – principal

The story of the kidnapping of the child is an emotional one and everyone prays she is not found murdered by the men.

The eMalahleni girl who was kidnapped on 28 January 2018 while asleep with her mom had just started secondary school, the school principal said.

Gabisile Shabane (13) had only been at the Leonard Ntshuntshe Secondary School in the eMalahleni township of Kwa-Guqa for 8 days.

She had just started her Grade 8 before the ordeal befell her and a Parliamentary committee is shocked at her abduction.

The school principal spoke to the Parliamentary committee while it was busy with oversight visits in the province.

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“Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education learnt with shock of the abduction of a young learner. The committee was busy with its week-long oversight visit to schools in the province when it was informed by the acting school principal, Mr T Nkosi, that a 13-year-old girl who had only been in the school for eight days and who has albinism, was abducted in the early hours of Sunday morning from the family home,” committee chairwoman Nomalungelo Gina said in a statement on Friday morning this week (2 Feb).

The three men who entered the house of Gabisile’s 50-year-old mom in the Hlalanikahle township on Sunday night after breaking a front window to the dining room and pointing a gun at her.

They mistakenly took a 15-month-old baby, which they thought was another baby who also has albinism and lives in the same family. Both children are still missing.

'Gabisile had only started secondary school' - principal

Kidnapped 15-month-old Nkosinathi Ngwenya

“This is criminal,” Gina charged.

“It is ridiculous that in this day and age people with albinism are not safe.

We call on the community to stand together to assist in finding these children. It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure the safety of all children and learners. Children have the right to safety and security, she said.

“We will keep these children and families in our prayers, she added.

The principal told the committee that the school is doing everything in its power to assist the family during this difficult time.

Anyone with information should call the cops on 082 372 2195, 082 600 8532, 073 995 7655 or 08600 10 111.

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Klarinet girl is raped two times

She was raped by a man who lured her to his house in a black Audi.

A 15-year-old girl from the eMalahleni township of Klarinet was raped two times, the Witbank News reports, by a man she doesn’t know.

The police are investigating the incident which took place two weeks ago around the eMalahleni area, on 9 and 10 October 2017.

It is suspected the child was drugged after she got into the guy’s car on the Monday afternoon of 9 October 2017.

The girl told her mom on the next day that she was asked for directions and the next thing she remembers she was in a strange house.

The paper reported this week that while the child was giving the driver directions she began feeling dizzy.

The man was driving a black Audi. Klarinet is an RDP settlement north west of the city.

Lying on the bed on the Monday night of 9 October, she woke up next to the driver carrying a gun, threatening to kill her if she made noise, the paper reported.

He then raped her and left her to sleep. The next morning he woke her up and raped her once more.

A case of kidnapping and rape was opened by the mother’s child with the eMalahleni cops on 10 October 2017.

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