Pregnant woman killed: 3 seek bail

2011-11-23 15:30

Bloemfontein - Three people accused of murdering and mutilating a pregnant woman will bring a bail application in the Ficksburg District Court on Thursday, Free State police said.

Teboho Daniel Ramakatsa, 31, his wife, Mamosebetsi Loraine Modise, 26, and mother-in-law, Mamahlomola Agnes Hlaudi, 68, were arrested in October in connection with the murder, Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said on Wednesday.

The body of Anastasia Qothela, 30, from Peka in Lesotho, was discovered during the maize harvest in August at Karnemel Farm in the Rosendal district, said Mophiring.

The three accused were allegedly part of a syndicate under investigation for selling identification books to Lesotho citizens at the Ficksburg border.

Remove foetus while still alive

A traditional healer told members of the syndicate that in order to make the investigation "disappear" it had to find a pregnant woman and remove the foetus while she was still alive.

When they could not find a pregnant woman in Ficksburg, the group decided to go to Lesotho, said Mophiring.

They allegedly lured Qothela to South Africa, picked her up near the minibus taxi rank in Ficksburg and took her to the farm.

They allegedly removed the foetus and her nails, eyes and tongue and drank her blood after a traditional healer allegedly stabbed her with a spear.

The foetus was not found by the police, said Mophiring.

The traditional healer and a home affairs official, who were wanted in connection with the murder, were still at large, said Mophiring.

  • Malachai - 2011-11-23 15:35

    I give up....there are no more words..just tears.

      Kala - 2011-11-23 16:23

      Can some one please explain how a human being can be so dumb as to believe that removing a foetus from a living human being is going to solve your problems. The excuse that "this is part of our culture" does not hold water.

  • Theresa - 2011-11-23 15:39

    How barbaric can one be? I'm speechless!!

  • thebag88 - 2011-11-23 15:40

    Sick. Bail should be denied. They are obviously a flight risk.

      Jan - 2011-11-23 22:00

      They should be placed against a wall and shot!!!!!

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-11-23 15:43

    I think they should be locked up forever

  • procold2 - 2011-11-23 15:44

    animals,death sentence no hope for these dogs

      Lee - 2011-11-23 15:48

      Not even animals will do this

  • Naledi - 2011-11-23 15:45

    Lord help this getting a gun against rapist/robbers/thieves and sangomas!

  • mmamoraker - 2011-11-23 15:45

    Lord have mercy...

  • siyanda.c.didiza - 2011-11-23 15:46

    no bail they a so sick hw cn u do tht

      Joseph - 2011-11-23 16:32

      i fully disagree&agree with u these guys they should be feed to crocodiles alive than to begiven bail or a chance to stand be4 magistrate/judge waisting our hard earned tax money if i was the minister of justice i would burn them alive

  • Lee - 2011-11-23 15:48

    Is that also part of your blady culture??!!!

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  • Polok - 2011-11-23 15:49

    they should be charged with a double murder and certainly no bail must be granted!!!!

  • Wiseman Sthembiso Mazomba - 2011-11-23 15:50

    sometimes I feel like God has long gone and left this place...we call earth,,,how do you make sense out of this....??

      RManne - 2011-11-23 16:01

      It's almost impossible to. That poor innocent girl and her little unborn baby. Her only mistake in life was trusting people... Something we should all be able to do! It led to her being slowly tortured and dying in totally unimaginable agony. It's truly sad.

  • StarStruck - 2011-11-23 15:52

    I just lost my appetite.

  • Polok - 2011-11-23 15:53

    and its not just men who are committing murders of such evil...women too...children reminds me of a passage in the bible in the book of Judges.."In those days Israel had no King;everyone did as he saw fit."... so it is in South Africa...God help us.

  • Coral - 2011-11-23 15:53

    I think they should have their nails, eyes and tongues removed...I believe they should have the same thing done to them as they've done to this poor woman!!!

  • RManne - 2011-11-23 15:55

    Scary day when even a story like this doesn't surprise or shock me even in the least. Sad, sad times we live in.

  • dave.leverton - 2011-11-23 15:57

    Traditional healers ? Traditional murderers more correctly - but what kind of people believe that ripping out a living foetus is going to solve your problems ? It's time to outlaw these medieval con artists.

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  • Daleen - 2011-11-23 15:59

    What the fuuuuuuuuuuuuu is going on, can't understand this ##########hit anymore the more i read the more i wonder where am i????????????????

  • Traygon - 2011-11-23 16:09

    Kill Them please.

  • Michelle - 2011-11-23 16:12

    f'cking disgust excuses for human beings ~ you have to be exceptionally heartless to carry out a deed like this!

  • Xzaviera - 2011-11-23 16:35

    Seek Bail??? Lemme guess... to spend Christmas with loved ones? After all, you only robbed someone's wife, daughter, mother of her life... Ja. Life's cruel and Karma's gonna f--k you up. I hate to break it to you dummies, but chances are you're not gonna get bail. Do you think that you have the right to 'seek' anything? You're wild animals. You deserved to be caged up!

  • Gerda - 2011-11-23 16:49

    I'm amazed at the audacity of criminals, and specifically those who committed a murder, that they apply for bail and sometimes succeed in getting it. What about the rights of the victim?

  • Lynn - 2011-11-23 16:54

    Dear God. How totally sick. I have no words. My heart goes out to this woman and her unborn child. Bunch of savages.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-23 18:12

    F&%king Hell! Can someone tell me the name of this species of creatures? Anti-human? When are these people going to catch up to the 21st century? The scary thing is they get to vote. It makes Chane van Heerden look like a pussycat. (I'm not trivialising what she did) Damn them, damn them, damn them!

  • Silvana - 2011-11-23 18:35

    How can one respect a culture that practices this type of sadistic barbarism?

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