Pressure group furious over bail for suspected female murderers


The pressure group Action Society says it refuses to allow cases to remain unsolved while accused in murder cases are released on bail.

Kaylynn Palm, head of Action Society’s action centre, referred to the murder cases of Zanele Faith Mokoena and Maria Bathabile Molelekwa, two women from Gauteng who were both murdered in the past few months.

The 18 year old Mokoena Her body was found in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni on 8 May after she was reportedly kidnapped the day before. Molelekwa (46) was allegedly murdered by her husband on 1 January this year in Capital Park in Pretoria.

Action Society was given the mandate to supervise in both cases. Mokoena’s family told Action Society that the man suspected of her murder was released on bail shortly after his arrest.

“The family says the police officer who handled the case handed it over to another officer and it seems as if the case is losing momentum,” says Palm.

Molelekwa’s husband reportedly cut her throat, after which he mutilated her face and then stabbed her to death in front of her 10-year-old daughter. He then locked the little girl in a bedroom with her mother’s body. He apparently threatened the child with death if she dared to cry out.

Molelekwa’s body was eventually found by her older daughter in the locked room with her little sister.

The man later surrendered to the police, but was also released on bail. Action Society has contacted the family and is investigating the matter.

“Action Society will not allow these cases to lose speed. We have seen in the past that the lack of interest from the police leaves families of victims desperate for answers. We will continue to put pressure on the police until justice is served,” said Palm.