Suspect asks for forgiveness

2019-10-16 06:00
Ratebeko Simon Masiu (30)Photo: Alzane Narrain

Ratebeko Simon Masiu (30)Photo: Alzane Narrain

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The second suspect linked to the brutal killing of Capt. Qeya Jonas Tshabalala, a member of the Hawks in Bloemfontein, is expected to reappear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (17/10) to resume his bail application which the state is opposing.

The law has caught up with Lesotho citizen Ratebeko Simon Masiu (30), who was arrested in August having been on the run with the third accomplice since May last year.

Masiu managed to evade arrest when the police arrested co-accused Sprinkaan Maema (34).

Maema is currently serving a 20-year jail term after he was sentenced in May this year. The Free State High Court sentenced Maema to 33 years after finding him guilty on charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances and the murder of Tshabalala.

Masiu evaded arrest in 2018 in his native country, Lesotho, after being in hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound he sustained during a shoot-out.

In his cross-examination by the state prosecutor Johan de Vries during his bail application last week, Masiu admitted that since 2017 he was arrested for a murder, three counts of attempted murder and various other crimes.

He testified that he realised that he had made mistakes.

“I have now realised that I must put an end to my mistakes so that I can raise my children,” said Masiu.

“You want to raise your children? You did not consider Capt. Tshabalala’s children when you killed him. Who is going to raise his children now?” asked De Vries.

Masiu replied that he did not know.

De Vries asked him how his blood ended up in Tshabalala’s house and stolen bakkie?

The state vehicle was found abandoned near the Jimmy Roos School in Dewetsdorp.

Masiu said that he I can’t answer that question and that he only asks for forgiveness.

“Why do you ask for forgiveness if you still deny that you did something wrong?” asked De Vries.

“I prayed to God to help me speak the truth. I’m never going to make mistakes in my life again,” Masiu answered.

De Vries put it to him that he cannot be forgiven if he lies about his actions and deny offences.

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