She Was Only 16, Hired Hitmen To Kill Her Dad, Mom, Pregnant Sister, Brother

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An incredible tale of familicide is unfolding in Brits, North West, where a young woman has admitted in court to hiring hitmen to bump off her father, mother, brother, and pregnant sister.

Murder accused Onthantile Sebati was only 16 when she hired the hitmen to do the dastardly dead the Brits Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday.

Now 20, Sebati appeared in court with her co-accused 23-year-old Tumelo Mokone, 23-year old Kagiso Mokone.

It is alleged that Sebati conspired with her co-accused to kill her family members at their home in Mmakau in the North West Province.

The cold-blooded murders were carried out on 6 December 2016.

On that fateful day, it is alleged that Sebati went outside to dispose of water. While she was outside she heard gunshots inside the house.

It later transpired that Sebati’s 42-year-old father, 40-year-old mother, 19-year-old pregnant sister and her 6-year-old brother had all been shot dead.

Since then, Sebati was said to be haunted by the murders of her family.

Unable to handle the turmoil any longer, Sebati handed herself to the police and confessed to hiring two men to kill her parents and siblings.

Sebati and the two co-accused were arrested on 17 and 18 December 2021.

All three accused asked the court to be released on bail of R1 000 each.

However, the state asked for the matter to be postponed as the report received from the Department of Social Development recommended Sebati should be sent for psychiatric assessment.

The court granted the postponement to next week Tuesday, 18 January 2022, to allow for Sebati’s psychiatric assessment.

All three accused were denied bail and remanded in custody.

For now, questions remain. How did Sebati at only 16 manage to hire hitmen to murder her parents and siblings and why?