DEATH OF BTV SPORTS PRESENTER SPARKS MURDER SUSPICION
The death of the first female Botswana Television (BTV) sports presenter Mpho Sephuma (39), nee Maleka under mysterious circumstances last weekend has shocked many and sparked suspicions that she could have been murdered.
Sources within a strong family contingent that approached the G-West police soon after the incident on Sunday to express suspicions of foul play revealed that the family had requested an independent private doctor to be present during the post-mortem.
“Mpho was doing well when I spoke to her on Saturday evening.
She didn’t even complain of any sickness, but I was shocked on Sunday morning when I was informed that she had been found dead.
There could be something fishy here and we need this incident to be thoroughly investigated to find out if she wasn’t murdered,” said the concerned family member (name known but agreed to be withheld).
“She was of course separated from the husband.
They were going through a divorce but she was coping. She was happy and it is highly unlikely that she could have committed suicide, ” the source further claimed.
For his part, Gaborone West police station commander Agreement Mapeu confirmed the incident and said:
“We are still awaiting the postmortem reports to establish whether the woman was killed or whether she died of natural causes, but in the meantime our investigations continue although we do not have any suspects because the woman was found dead alone in her bedroom.”
Mapeu further noted that although Mpho and her husband Thapelo Sephuma no longer lived together, it was the husband who reported that he found her dead and called police to the scene.
“ One of her young children apparently called the father and when he got there he called the police and Medical Rescue International,” the station commander revealed.
Meanwhile a family member from the Sephuma side, Reuben Kamushinda said that claims that Mpho was found with bruises all over her body were unfounded.
“The issues about her separation and divorce are very private and we are still mourning so there is no way we can go on record about any matter to do with that.
The claims that she was bruised come with you and have never been said by the family so we don’t know,” he said.
Former colleague and Btv sport desk manager Edson Malebane, who was still struggling to come to terms with her death, described her as a hard-working woman.
“I still can’t believe that she is gone.
I was with her last week and she was just fine as we laughed and reminisced about her days at Btv.
I am still shaken because the nation has lost one of the most hard working and best TV sports journalists out there,” he said.
Mpho who is survived by her husband and three children, two boys and a girl, will be laid to rest at her home village of Sikwane this weekend.