Dad, step-mom and assassin sentenced to life for murder in maintenance drama

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Free State High Court

A 47-year old Thaba-Nchu man, along with his wife have been sentenced to life in prison for ordering a 2017 hit on the man’s teenage son, to avoid paying maintenance.

On Monday, May 20, the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein found Tebogo and Kelebogile Molatole as well as the assassin in the matter 53-year old Khoeliea-Morena Sefuthi guilty of orchestrating and carrying out the murder of 17-year old Kearabetswe Leteane in April 2017. The teenager was shot in the head and chest in a backroom at his father’s house in Gladstone trust outside Thaba’ Nchu after soccer practice and died at the scene.

Police spokesperson, Thandi Mbambo says Molatole no longer wanted to pay maintenance for his son after he retired from his profession and organised the hit as a result. OFM News spoke to the deceased’s birth mother, Jane Leteane regarding her feelings on the outcome of the trial and to find out what her son was like.

“I am very happy with the outcome. It wasn’t easy to lose a child at that age. My son was the most adorable son. He was well liked, loved school and was a very good soccer player. I was looking forward to the person he was going to become. Justice has been served, because these people did not think long and hard about what they were doing” says Jane.

Kearabetswe’s mother says she was seeking future maintenance in the region of R 200 000 upon Molatole’s retirement. The convicted couple, was not happy with the demand and then began demanding that a paternity test be done before the matter could proceed. It was after the paternity test was conducted that the 17-year old was killed.

Olebogeng Motse / OFM News