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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.
“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.
(edited by MLM)
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