FS Hawks’ killer to be trialled in Bfn High Court

An illegal immigrant from the neighbouring country of Lesotho, who stands accused of killing a Free State Hawks captain during an ambush in 2018, will be trialled in the Bloemfontein High Court.

OFM News reports, Ramolete Masiu on Friday 14 February 2020 appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court for the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The State Prosecutor, Johan de Vries, said in court that the case will be postponed to 27 March 2020 for the DPP’s instruction and an indictment on Masiu who is accused of killing Captain Qeya Jonas Tshabalala (52) in 2018. It is alleged that Ramasiu and his accomplice, Sprinkaan Maema, who is serving a 33-year jail sentence, fatally shot Tshabala whilst he was attending to a complaint in Phelindaba in Mangaung in 2018. The accused, who admitted that he is in the country illegally, is facing at least eight criminal offences, which include robbery and murder, committed between 2018 and 2019.

Masiu was arrested in August 2019 after evading arrest in 2018 while in the hospital, attending to the gunshot wound he sustained during the shoot-out with Captain Tshabalala. Masiu has been a regular feature in crimes around Park Road and Bloemspruit, which include murder, attempted murder, and business robbery, committed with unlicensed firearms. He will again, in a separate matter, appear in the Regional Court on 20 February 2020. Masiu is alleged to have committed another two crimes around Park Road, two at Bloemspruit, and one at Kagisanong, apart from allegedly killing Tshabalala. He previously admitted to De Vries that he is in the country illegally.