Protest over ‘killer’ ten­ant

The Star Late Edition - - FRONT PAGE - SIHLE MANDA sihle.manda@inl.co.za @Sih­le_MG

FOR NEARLY a week, a Bram­fis­cherville land­lord lay in a shal­low grave in his own back­yard while his fam­ily des­per­ately searched for him.

But just four days af­ter Henry Kolobe went miss­ing, his ten­ant was ar­rested af­ter he al­legedly threat­ened to mur­der his girl­friend if she told any­one about his role in the land­lord’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

The woman is now un­der­stood to be in wit­ness pro­tec­tion.

The Bram­fis­cherville com­mu­nity is now call­ing for jus­tice af­ter the man was ar­rested last month, af­ter ap­par­ently killing his land­lord over a sus­pected rental dis­pute.

Kolobe, 58, was found buried in a shal­low grave out­side his home four days af­ter he went miss­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to neigh­bours, Kolobe ap­peared to have been hacked to death, dumped in a rub­bish bin and buried in the early hours of De­cem­ber 17.

The man, who can­not be named be­cause he might still be charged for a sex­ual offence re­lat­ing to the in­ci­dent, ap­peared in the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, a rape charge was also be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, though there were no fur­ther de­tails ex­cept that the re­lated crime al­legedly hap­pened on the day of the mur­der.

ANC sup­port­ers protested out­side the court yes­ter­day, urg­ing the court not to grant him bail.

The group’s leader, John Mose­pele, de­scribed the mur­der as un­nec­es­sary and bru­tal.

“On De­cem­ber 16, this guy had not paid his De­cem­ber rent, so Henry kept ask­ing him when he would be pay­ing. On the very same day, he (the sus­pect) threw a party at the prop­erty.

“Henry asked him why he was throw­ing par­ties when he hadn’t paid his rent. Later that even­ing, he called the land­lord, ask­ing him to come get the money,” he said.

An­other neigh­bour, who wished to re­main anony­mous, al­leged that this was when Kolobe was “butchered”.

Kolobe’s sis­ter, Maphefo Mo­gale, said she last saw her brother at a rel­a­tive’s fu­neral. They ar­ranged to meet on De­cem­ber 17 in Rusten­burg at a prop­erty he had re­cently pur­chased.

Fam­ily and friends started to worry when he did not ar­rive.

“I was sur­prised when his friends pitched with­out him, even though we thought they were go­ing to give him a lift.

“That’s when I started to worry. We tried call­ing him the whole day but he was not an­swer­ing his phone,” said Mo­gale.

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