Parolee faces murder charge

2015-07-22 06:00

HABITUAL offender Moeketsi Ithabeleng Moraka, presently out of prison on parole, is back in court, facing a murder charge.

This followed his arrest along with five male suspects regarding the alleged murder of tavern owner Elliot Khumalo, also known as Mkhulu. The other five suspects are Neo Colonel Moraka (25), Tshepo Moraka (23), Sabata Alfred Seloko (23), Bongani Benjamin Balintuli (22) and Qondane Jack Kondile (21).

The six men, including Moraka, were busted following a full-scale investigation. They are in custody after being denied bail on their appearance last Thursday (16/07). They are due to appear in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (22 July).

The men allegedly attacked the victim by stabbing him with knives on 27 June at a tavern at a Reitz Park residence.

The 51-year-old Khumalo died later at the Mediclinic in Welkom as a result of his injuries.

Capt. Stephen Thakeng, spokesperson of the Welkom police, said Moraka had been released from prison on parole after having served ten years of a 26-year sentence. He said the habitual offender had been sentenced to 26 years in prison for a series of street robberies, house-breaking and theft. Thakeng said the six men were apparently part of a gang that attacked Khumalo, stabbing him with knives and beating him over the head with a stick. The attack ensued after the victim had reprimanded one of the suspects following an attempted robbery inside the business premises.

“He (Khumalo) was apparently shown who the culprit was and reprimanded him. A group of young men who were apparently unhappy with the intervention attacked him on his business premises and stabbed him with knives,” Thakeng said.

He said the deceased had first been taken to the Bongani Regional Hospital to be treated for severe stab wounds before being transferred to the Mediclinic Welkom where he had died

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