Woman who believes family for insurance money murders again in court


Agnes Setshwantsho, who is suspected of having killed her family to get money from insurance payouts, will now have to wait a little longer to find out if she will be granted bail.

Henry Mamothame, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the North West, says the Molopo Magistrate’s Court adjourned the case against Setshwantsho until Friday for a ruling on her bail application.

“The state and the defense attorney have completed their closing arguments, following testimony by the investigating officer and the correctional nurse from the facility where the accused is being held.

“The accused faces one charge of murder, two of fraud and one of defeating the law.”

The police earlier reported that an intelligence operation in November last year led to the arrest of the accused on the suspicion that she had killed her family members to benefit from insurance claims. The suspect was located in Centurion.

The police further reported that Sgt. Keshi Mabunda and a team of detectives have been working on the case for the past two months after receiving a tip from relatives of the suspect.

“Through analysis and collection of evidence, including the exhumation of two bodies, the team was able to link its latest suspect to the team’s first focus of the case. According to the police report, the murder, which was initially considered a “natural death”, took place in Mmabatho in March last year where a female family member died under mysterious circumstances.

“Investigations revealed that the suspect fraudulently took out insurance on behalf of her family member before her murder. The police are busy with further investigations, with the possibility of adding more charges against the accused,” says Mamothame.

The accused, meanwhile, remains behind bars pending the outcome of the bail application.