“ I know there are some people from the Sephuma family sent her to spy on us.
They must listen good and listen carefully so that when they report back to those who sent them they don’t misquote me.”
“This is not gossip, what I am going to say here has nothing to do with gossip, It is nothing but the truth which the public gathered here must know, so help me God.”
“I do not stand here to offend anyone or to please anyone.
I am here to represent the Malekas so if the words I am going to say offend you please forgive me because my intention is not to offend anyone but to tell the truth.”
“Forgive us for a messed up funeral. Our programme did not go according to plan.
We were supposed to have a public address system and tents and many more chairs and a funeral programme with beautiful pictures of Mpho.
Those who knew her know that she was a beautiful woman inside and outside, but let us just say it is well and leave everything to God.”
“Those who know the master of ceremony who conducted the memorial service that was held in Gaborone must go and tell him that it should be the last time he should think that he can control people and put his nose in other people’s business which does not concern him.
He must know that a person’s death is not something to be treated lightly.”
“We suspect Mpho did not die a natural death, It’s just our suspicions and we have the right to express those suspicions to the police and that is why we told the police that we wanted a forensic autopsy to establish weather her death was from natural causes or not.”
“On sunday when my aunt (Mpho’s mother) arrived at the funeral house in Gaborone she didn’t collapse and weep uncontrollably as we had imagined she would because she had already dealt with the loss last year.
She said: “To me my child died in October 2012 ,I cried for 11 days and mourned her after I got death threats from her husband.
When I finished crying I accepted that my daughter was gone. It was only a matter of time. She was a moving corpse as far as I was concerned.”
“ In October 2012 Thapelo Sephuma called at least 4 people including myself and said: “I am going to kill Mpho” I asked him to come and speak to me.
Thapelo Sephuma said those threats.
I am not saying I was told that he said those words. He phoned me and uttered those words to me. I heard him with my own two ears.”
“In the last two weeks of her life Mpho received text messages from a strange number asking her: “When are you going to die bitch. When are you going to die? ‘ The number which sent the text messages is not Thapelo’s and we are not saying it is him who sent the messages. We have reported that matter to the police who should be investigating it.”
“The Sephumas phoned us to tell us that they wouldn’t feel safe to attend Mpho’s funeral if it was to be held in Sikwane as we had previously agreed because they were scared of being attacked by a Bakgatla regiment which they had been informed was waiting for them.
We asked them to tell us what it is they have done for the regiment to wait for them and they couldn’t tell us.
” We assured them to come to Sikwane, forget the rumours and bury their in-law.
We assured them that there was no such regiment to attack them in Sikwane.
We guaranteed their safety but they said they would feel safe if only we went on radio to assure them they would be safe so we asked them to make arrangements with a radio station of their choice for us to do so but they never did.”
“ They asked us to craft a letter denouncing what The Voice newspaper had written about Mpho’s death last week.
I did so and stated in an mail I sent to them that as a family we did not give The Voice permission to publish what the newspaper did but they brought back the email with an addition stating that The Malekas did not suspect any foul play in Mpho’s death for us to sign. We refused to sign that because we do suspect homicide.”