No bail for murder suspect

2015-11-11 06:01
ANGRY: From the left are Masechaba Mosia-Lakaje, member of the mayoral committee for women, children and people with disabilities in Maluti-A-Phofung, Olly Mlamleli, acting chairperson of the ANC Women’s League in the Free State, and Thakane Letaoana

ANGRY: From the left are Masechaba Mosia-Lakaje, member of the mayoral committee for women, children and people with disabilities in Maluti-A-Phofung, Olly Mlamleli, acting chairperson of the ANC Women’s League in the Free State, and Thakane Letaoana

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KESTELL. – The acting chairperson of the ANC Women’s League in the Free State, Olly Mlamleli, expressed herself strongly outside the Kestell Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (04/11) where an alleged serial killer appeared on charges of murder.

Speaking on behalf of the League, Mlamleli demanded that the court impose a heavy sentence on the person responsible for taking the lives of those he had killed.

Letsema Molefe (32) of Mokhotlong in Lesotho is facing six charges of murder. He requested the court not to grant him bail, citing his safety as reason.

He will be incarcerated until the next court date on 3 December at the same court.

Molefe is accused of killing five women and a three-year-old boy before burying them in shallow graves at the Geduld farm outside Kestell.

The streets near the magistrate’s court were crowded with angry people, mostly women in the green and black of the ANC Women’s League, with the message “No Bail” written on posters.

Limited space in the court prevented anyone from entering, but those outside kept vigil, singing their songs.

When the suspect was escorted from the court, the spectators watched him with hawk’s eyes, but they could get no closer to him.

Mlamleli said the anger seen there was not only for the people in Maluti-a-Phofung, but for the nation as a whole.

“We made it clear this morning that they dare not grant him bail.

“We suspected he would not be granted bail, but we had to emphasise that he shouldn’t get it.”

Moshemanyane Lefasa, brother of one of the victims, said he had come all the way from Lesotho because he wanted to see what the suspect looks like.

“I don’t believe they will let him walk free, but if they do, I will accept it.

“He doesn’t seem to have respect for women and I wish he gets what he deserves,” he said.

Thakane Letaoana, chairperson of the Dikwankwetla Party of South Africa (DPSA), said they were hurt, adding that they don’t wan people like that in the community.

“Everyone has a right to life,” she said.

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