The woman who is accused of allegedly stabbing her husband was released on bail.
Itumeleng Makhalemele-Maseko (26) appeared in B Court at Witbank Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, September 13, for her second appearance after she appeared on September 5.
She appeared in court on Thursday for her bail application.
Makhalemele-Maseko walked into a packed courtroom with a blue blanket wrapped around her waist. She sat with her arms folded as she waited for the case to begin.
Her lawyer then requested that her bail application be postponed until Friday, September 14, due to the fact that he had initially given Makhalemele-Maseko’s address to the wrong investigating officer (IO).
The right IO would need more time to verify the information and the bail application could carry on the next day.
The state prosecutor, Mr Fannie Mavundla agreed with the postponement.
Magistrate Daleen Venter then told Makhalemele-Maseko that she would remain in custody until Friday.
On Friday, September 14, Makhalemele-Maseko appeared in court still with her blue blanket wrapped around her body. She was released on R3 000 bail; her next court appearance will be on Friday, November 9.
Her bail was granted because she wasn’t deemed a flight risk because she supplied a fixed and alternative residential address, the court considered that she has children and she needed to take care of them and her release on bail was deemed in the interest of justice.
She allegedly stabbed her husband, Mr Willem Caswell Maseko, who is the father of their two children at their home in eMalahleni on Saturday, September 1.
Itumeleng apparently fled the scene after the incident, and went to Tshwane where she allegedly considered suicide before being rescued by friends. She handed herself in to the police on Monday. Before the tragedy occurred, Itumeleng had been accused by her husband of cheating and having sex with several other men who she was allegedly being linked to by her close female friend.
The young couple was known in Emalahleni for their lavish lifestyle, beautiful cars and big house.
Caswell Maseko had also opened a case of assault against his wife Itumeleng Makhalemele-Maseko three days after she opened the second case against him.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson Leonard Hlathi confirmed that the woman opened the first case in July and the second one in October 2015, the same year that they got married in a traditional ceremony. Hlathi said the cases were later withdrawn by the couple.
The Emalahleni woman accused of killing her millionaire husband with a knife opened two cases of assault against him in 2015, two years after they met. Maseko's family acknowledged that the couple were having a tumultuous marriage but have nonetheless declared war against their daughter-in-law. The family said the gloves are off and that they will fight tooth and nail to ensure that Makhalemele-Maseko rots in jail for allegedly killing their son.
During his funeral, family members were spitting mad, half of them speaking all at once, as they accused Makhalemele-Maseko, 26, of being a bad woman and a pathetic liar.
The family claimed they found empty wardrobes with the 30-year-old man's clothes missing when they went to his plush home to collect his belongings during the week. They believe Makhalemele-Maseko sent someone to collect them. The lawyer student dropout and a supply chain student allegedly stabbed her husband to death nearly four weeks ago.
Meanwhile, alcohol and accusations of infidelity are believed to have led to the death of Caswell Maseko whose lawyer wife, Itumeleng Maseko, 26, faces a charge of murder.
Sources at the complex where the couple was residing said the female lawyer and her husband arrived at home at around 3am in separate cars.
“The wife arrived first with a female friend, and her husband arrived about 20 minutes later. They all looked tipsy. About 30 minutes after their arrival, the wife’s friend came to the guardhouse crying. She claimed that her friend’s husband was beating them. She said the deceased was accusing her of inviting his wife to parties and introducing her to male companions,” said the guard who spoke to Star on condition of anonymity.
I’m told that when they got to the house they found the man already dead. While I was waiting for them to come back, I saw the wife driving towards the front gate at high speed. She had managed to open the gate with a remote control. They used to fight a lot and in most cases we would end up intervening,” added the guard.