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Bail granted for North West woman who 'ordered hit on family' and her two co-accused

26 January 2022 - 17:48
Three accused, Tumelo Mokone, 23, Kagiso Mokone, 23, and Onthatile Sebati, 20, were granted bail of R10,000 each.
Three accused, Tumelo Mokone, 23, Kagiso Mokone, 23, and Onthatile Sebati, 20, were granted bail of R10,000 each.
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Family-murder accused Onthatile Sebati, accused of wiping out her parents and two siblings, was granted bail of R10,000 in a North West court on Wednesday.

Magistrate Elna Moolman granted Onthatile Sebati and her co-accused cousins, Tumelo Mokone and Kagiso Mokone, bail of R10,000 each in the Brits magistrate's court.

Their bail conditions include reporting to their nearest police station every Monday and Friday in the morning and evening.

“They should not move from their addresses. Should they decide to leave, they should inform the investigating officer of where they are going and the duration of their stay.  Lastly, they should not contact each other directly or indirectly,” said NPA spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana.

It is alleged that Sebati conspired with her co-accused to kill her family members on December 6 2016, while the family was at home in Mmakau in the North West.

Her father, police constable Solomon Lucky Sebati, 42, mother Mmatshepo, 40, pregnant sister Tshegofatso, 19, and six-year-old brother Quinton were all shot dead.

The three are facing four counts of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and theft.

Mahanjana said Sebati's psychiatric assessment showed she was fit to stand trial.

During the bail proceedings, the state put on record it had evidence of bank statements proving that R100,000 was transferred from Sebati's bank account to one of the Mokone’s.

“Fingerprints were also found on the car Sebati’s father owned which they [the Mokones] allegedly used as a getaway car after the killings,” said Mahanjana.

The investigating officer testified in court that the three accused submitted corroborating confession statements stating the role they each played on the night Sebati’s family was killed.

“The state opposed the bail application of the accused since they are facing a schedule 6 offence, and should they be found guilty they are likely to be sentenced to life imprisonment,” she said.

Mahanjana said the state also put on record that the accused people were a danger to themselves, especially when considering the nature of the offence. 

The matter has been postponed until March 2022 for further investigations.

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