Dad of soccer star charged with murder

VILLA NORA — A murder case was opened at Villa Nora SAPS on Sunday 1 July after Mr Kolodi Isaac Matlaba (63), residing in Senita Village, had an argument with William Mafokwane (28). The argument resulted in Mafokwane being stabbed in the back with a knife at around 15:00.

Left: Seliki Mabokela is charged with pointing of a firearm. The firearm is legally registered in Mabokela’s name. Right: Kolodi Isaac Matlaba is charged with murder

According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale Cluster Spokesperson, it is alleged that at the time of the incident, Seleki Mabokela (76) was on the scene, pointing a firearm at Mafokwane in Bakwena Tavern in Senita Village. He was allegedly also assisting Matlaba with the search of Mafokwane around the village.

They found him in Bakwena Tavern with stab wounds and he was taken to a nearby clinic after which he was transported to Ellisras District Hospital. He passed away on Monday 4 July.

A case of murder was opened against Matlaba and Mabokela is facing a charge of pointing of a firearm. After the incident Matlaba fled to Tembisa and while he was there he received a call from the police. According to WO Mokoena, his son arranged for him to get back to Villa Nora where he handed himself over to the police. Both suspects are detained at Witpoort SAPS holding cells.

They appeared in Palala Magistrates Court and their cases have been postponed to Tuesday 10 July.

According to WO Mokoena, Matlaba is the father of the Orlando Pirates star Thabo Matlaba.

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