THE CEO of Naledi Funeral Planners (NFP), Thabiso Madiba who faces the murder of his two colleagues was this week released on M2 000 bail by the High Court.
March 17, 2023
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Accused funeral parlour boss released on bail
The accused NFP boss, Thabiso Madiba
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This, after he made his maiden appearance on March 1 before the Maseru Magistrate’s Court where he was remanded in custody.
It is alleged that on February 10, Madiba fatally shot his colleagues Ikhetheng Matabane and ‘Maserema ’Makong during an incident that occurred at an up-market Maseru restaurant, The Deck.
Matabane was the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) while ’Makong was the Finance Manager.
Madiba later applied for bail at the High Court.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Advocate Hlalefang Motinyane pleaded with the court to release Madiba with M20 000 bail and surety to the tune of M100 000.
Madiba's lawyer Adv Shale Shale objected to the plea, showing that the prosecution failed to file their opposing affidavits.
He said his client was cooperative with the authorities as he handed himself over to the police after being called.
After the prosecution failed to file the opposing affidavits, the court had no choice but to release the accused on M2 000 bail.
He was released on grounds that he reports himself to the Hlotse police station whenever he is requested.
The court also ordered him not to interfere with the crown witness and to appear in court whenever he is supposed to.
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Following Madiba’s appearance in court, the NFP board acknowledged the developments, with the Chairman, Malefetsane Tlelima saying “we do not condone what happened, hence, we wish to work hand in hand with the courts and police to ensure that the deceased’s families get justice”.
Madiba is expected back in court on June 13 for set-down.