Mur­der charge for step­mom?

Mau­ri­tian law al­lows for 60-year jail term

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SAMEER NAIK

MA­RI­ETJIE VOSLOO could face up to 60 years in a Mau­ri­tian prison if she is found guilty of the mur­der of her step­daugh­ter.

That’s ac­cord­ing to Mau­ri­tian news­pa­per L’Ex­press, which re­ported yes­ter­day that there was a “good chance” the South African woman from Springs would be con­victed of mur­der.

Po­lice are, how­ever, still in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The 34- year- old Vosloo ap­peared in court last week and was ini­tially charged with man­slaugh­ter for caus­ing the death of her 17-year-old step­daugh­ter, Mun­do­lene.

The teenager, a pupil at Hoërskool Hugenote, col­lapsed last Wed­nes­day after her step­mother al­legedly at­tacked her.

Mun­do­lene was on hol­i­day with her fa­ther, Mike Vosloo, and her two broth­ers. They ar­rived on Tues­day and were stay­ing at the Riu Cre­ole Ho­tel.

The case will be heard by the As­size Court.

If she is found guilty and con­victed, Vosloo would have to serve her sen­tence in Mau­ri­tius.

But there is a law that al­lows pris­on­ers to be ex­tra­dited to their coun­try of ori­gin after serv­ing two-thirds of their sen­tence.

“Mau­ri­tius has signed sev­eral agree­ments with dif- fer­ent coun­tries for this pur­pose,”said her lawyer, Raouf Gul­bul.

“Ma­ri­etjie will, how­ever, still be obliged to serve twothirds of her sen­tence in Mau­ri­tius,” he told L’ Ex­press.

Mean­while, friends and fam­ily gath­ered at a church in Springs in the East Rand yes­ter­day to say their fi­nal good­byes to the teen.

Her body was re­turned to South Africa on Tues­day.

sameer.naik@inl.co.za

Ma­ri­etjie Vosloo

Mun­do­lene Vosloo

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