A North West woman, Agnes Setshwantsho, has appeared in court after being accused of orchestrating the deaths of her loved ones for insurance payouts.
Setshwantsho is alleged to have cashed out on insurance policies following the deaths of her relatives under mysterious circumstances. This blog post will provide an overview of the case and the charges Setshwantsho is facing.
Setshwantsho, aged 49, is accused of involvement in the deaths of her relative in March, her son in July 2023, her husband in 2016, and two daughters who died in 2005 and 2015.
The circumstances surrounding these deaths raised suspicions among family members, leading to an intelligence operation and subsequent arrest.
The National South African Police Service (SAPS) launched an investigation into the case after receiving a tip-off from relatives of the suspect.
Sergeant Keshi Mabunda and a team of detectives have been working on the case for the past two months, collecting evidence and connecting the dots. As part of the investigation, a body was exhumed for further analysis.
Agnes Setshwantsho currently faces charges of murder, fraud, and defeating the ends of justice. The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Henry Mamothame stated that the evidence collected so far supports these charges.
However, the police are still conducting additional investigations, which may result in further charges being added.
Setshwantsho appeared in the Molopo Magistrate’s Court on Friday, where she was remanded in custody for a week. A formal bail application is scheduled for November 24, during which Setshwantsho will have the opportunity to apply for bail.