20 June 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

More evidence against former councillor accused of plotting to kill Premier Mahumapelo

by: Semphete Correspondent   date:

A former Mahikeng Local Municipality councilor, Gaasite Legalatladi, will be back in court next month when a second state witness will present evidence against her in a conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Legalatladi is accused of conspiring to murder Premier Supra Mahumapelo and former Mahikeng municipality mayor, Gosiame Seatlholo. The state charges that Legalatladi approached a traditional healer in November 2014 asking for help in killing Mahumapelo and Seatlholo using muti. The traditional healer played along, but only to alert the police who then arrested the suspect at Mmasebudule village outside Zeerust, during her second consultation at the traditional healer's kraal. A key state witness presented evidence against Legalatladi at the Lehurutshe Magistrate's Court on Friday last week. The court then postponed the case to 21 November 2016.

Bokone Bophirima Provincial Govrnment spokesperson, Brian Setswambung, confirmed that it's expected that a second state witness provide further evidence against the accused in November. "On the 21st, other evidence, in the form of a video, among other things, will be presented to corroborate the case of the state," Setswambung said. The Hawks team is in possession of a video, which captured everything that Legalatladi did and said on the day she was arrested.

Premier Mahumapelo has in the past said he respects the independence of the judiciary and the right of the Lehurutshe Magistrate's Court to preside over this matter without any fear or prejudice. He was not in any immediate danger, his office said. "The premier welcomes the submission by the State in court that investigations are continuing and hopes that a deeper and wider probe of the plot will bring to the surface all facts currently undisclosed."