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Family left broken after their 20 years old child ordered a hitman to kill family members. Meet her

While Onthatile Sebati's confession to authorities that she ordered a hit on her family in 2016 provides some closure, it has also created further doubts for the grieving. Onthatile recently confessed to police that she was responsible for the terrible murder of her family five years ago in the village of Mmakau, near Brits in the North West.

Lt-Col Amanda Funani, the police spokeswoman, said Onthatile and her co-accused were detained when Onthatile, who will be 21 next week, went to the Mmakau police station and reportedly confessed to the murders. Her father, Constable Solomon Lucky Sebati, 41, her mother Mmatshepo, 40, her 3-year-old brother Quinton, and her eight-month pregnant sister Tshegofatso, 22, were all killed by an unknown gang. Solomon's Chrysler Voyager, which was subsequently discovered abandoned, was used as a getaway vehicle by the gunmen.Onthatile Sebati (in cap) with Quinton, Solomon, Mmatshepo and Tshegofatso who was pregnant. Here, the family is celebrating Mmatshepo's 40th birthday.

According to authorities, Onthatile was outside when the armed group broke into the property. When she entered, she was shot as well, but just sustained a flesh wound. She admitted to authorities that she pretended to be dead in order to live. As a consequence, her survivors saw her as a victim – the only survivor of a gang slaughter.

Onthatile's cousin, Molefe Tholo, told SowetanLIVE's sister site TimesLIVE that the family was still reeling from the newest events. "We really believed she was the only survivor of this heinous assassination of our loved ones and never suspected she was responsible for their deaths. This is just difficult to digest. We never imagined a youngster could act in this manner against her parents and siblings. This is something we honestly did not anticipate," he said.See the source image

Tholo said that the family still had several concerns and hoped to get answers soon. "We're wondering why she did this. What was the justification?" Tholo enquired. Tholo's mother is a sister of Solomon. He characterized his late uncle as a devoted parent who raised his children in a Christian household. Solomon, he added, was not only a policeman but also a preacher at the neighborhood's 12th Apostolic Church. Tholo said that he was adored by his people.

"He was also an employer in the town, employing around ten people. He was the proprietor of a funeral home and also sold power and airtime. All of the firms have ceased operations. My uncle was a diligent worker who was constantly concerned about the well-being of his family," Tholo said. He said that Onthatile was a kind and diligent youngster until entering high school.See the source image

"She grew defiant, and my uncle was always complaining about her behavior," he said. Onthatile, along with two other defendants whom she reportedly hired to carry out the killing, appeared in a Brits magistrate's court on Monday, charged with five charges of murder. Kagiso Mokone and Tumelo Mokone, both 23 years old, are the other two defendants. Their case has been rescheduled until Thursday in order to allow for a formal bail application.

"When you consider the ages of the two men she is said to have recruited, you can see that they were also rather young at the time they committed this act. They were around 18 years old. This is both startling and distressing," Tholo said. Tholo said that they had never suspected Onthatile of being involved in the killings, particularly given her age at the time.See the source image

He said, though, that they had seen some problematic behavior from her — but they saw it as a means for her to cope with her bereavement. "She became addicted to alcohol and was always drinking, but we shrugged it off... "What she went through was horrible," Tholo said. He said he could not tell if the family would assist Onthatile in her future court appearance or whether they would contribute to the cost of her release, if granted.

"We are proceeding cautiously. This has widened our mending wounds, but at the very least, we will have some closure, albeit it will be very painful." In 2018, Pretoria's high court acquitted two persons detained in connection with the murder. Acting Judge Vincent Ratshibvumo acquitted the couple, stating that there was insufficient evidence to try Karabo Mokgosi and Tebogo Chidi for the killings.

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‘We never thought a child could do this’: Family left reeling after 20-year-old admits ordering 2016 ‘hit’ (sowetanlive.co.za)

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