South Africa 11.4.2017 04:39 pm

Judgment in Basotho traditional music murder case set for Wednesday

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

Lebogang Montshi and Motlhafotha Selimo are accused of killing 44-year-old Ernest ‘Katiba’ Moletsane.

Two men accused of killing a man over a rivalry over Basotho traditional music in Kroondal near Rustenburg will be sentenced at the North West High Court on Wednesday.

Lebogang Montshi and Motlhafotha Selimo are accused of killing Ernest ‘Katiba’ Moletsane, 44.

Moletsane was gunned down on March 16, 2016, when he reported for work at the Bambanani shaft of the Aquarius Platinum Mine in Kroondal (now Sibanye).

Two other men were shot and wounded during the incident.

Montshi and Selimo pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including charges of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, two counts of attempted murder and one count of murder each.

The two denied that they pulled the trigger but admitted that they were at the scene of murder. Both blame their friend, identified only as Chefu, as the trigger man.

After Moletsane was shot they all fled the scene and ran to the Khalamtwana informal settlement near Segwaelane, where they were arrested on April 1, 2016.

The two were alleged to be part of a group of Basotho fighting for dominance and market share over their traditional music known as famo. Moletsane was believed to be part of a rival music group.

In March the court sentenced two other men, Lebogahang Mathosa and Kauku Seakane, to life imprisonment for murder related to the rivalry in the Basotho traditional music scene.

– African News Agency

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