Woman appears in court for murder and insurance fraud

Woman appears in court for murder and insurance fraud
Woman appears in court for murder and insurance fraud. Image source: Pixabay

The Molopo Magistrates’ Court postponed the case against Agnes Setshwantsho to 24 November 2023, for a formal bail application. The accused is facing a charge of murder, two of fraud and one of defeating the ends of justice. 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 has 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.

SAPS Newsroom