Trio accused of murdering Mmakau family granted bail

Onthatile Sebati and her two co-accused appeared in the Brits Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning, where bail was set at R10,000 each for the trio.

Onthatile Sebati (centre) and her two co-accused, Tumelo and Kagiso Mokone, appeared in the Brits Magistrates Court on 26 January 2022, where bail was set at R10,000 each for the trio. Masechaba Sefularo/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The three accused in the Mmakau family murder case have been granted bail and are expected back in court on 30 March.

Onthatile Sebati, Kagiso Mokone and Tumelo Mokone appeared in the Brits Magistrates Court on Wednesday, where bail was set at R10,000.

The three face four counts of murder, after four members of Sebati’s family was attacked in their home in 2016, allegedly on her instruction.

When reading out her judgment, Magistrate Elna Moolman said that the court was satisfied that all of the accused had put forward evidence of exceptional circumstances which permit their release from custody.

However, Moolman said that while the accused told the court that they could only afford a bail amount of R1,000 each, she was not convinced given the circumstances, nature and gravity of the offence, a bigger amount was in the interests of Justice.

Bail was set at R10,000.

Meanwhile, Sebati’s paternal and maternal families said that they were yet to discuss a way forward but as it stood, none of them were willing to pay her bail or even take her into their homes.