Mahikeng – The woman allegedly behind an insurance scam that involved the murder of a relative on Friday appeared in Molopo Magistrate’s Court, North West.
Murder and fraud accused Agnes Setshwaro, who made a brief appearance, is also facing a charge of defeating the ends of justice.
Her matter was postponed to 24 November 2023, for a formal bail application.
The South African Police (SAPS) reported that on 16 November 2023. An intelligence operation led to the arrest of the accused on suspicion that she murdered her relatives to benefit from insurance claims.
The suspect was traced and arrested in Centurion during a takedown operation led by the SAPS in collaboration and full cooperation with an insurance company.
The SAPS further reported that in the past two months, Sergeant Keshi Mabunda and a team of detectives. have been working on the case following a tip-off from relatives of this suspect.
Through analysis and collection of evidence including the exhumation of a body, 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 that was initially ruled a “natural death” happened in Mmabatho, in the North West, where a female relative died under mysterious circumstances in March 2023.
Investigations have revealed that the suspect fraudulently took out insurance on behalf of her relative before her murder.
Police are conducting further investigations, with the possibility of adding more charges against the accused.
Meanwhile, the accused will remain in police custody until the next court appearance.