The alleged Mastermind behind mama Jostina Sangweni’s murder has been arrested.

The suspect who has been sought by the police since March was found at his home in Mapetla, Soweto.

He will be making his first appearance in the Protea Margistrates Court on Thursday, 2 December.

Mama Jostina was killed in March in Mapetla after she was found hiding next to a car in the suspects’ yard.

She was immediately labelled a witch because she was wearing sangoma regalia.


She was assaulted and burnt alive. She succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

The matter of the first two accused Taelo Dipholo and Collen Sello has since been transferred to the high court for pre-trial.

The state had mentioned that there was a video linking the first accused, Dipholo in the murder of Sangweni.

“In the video, Dipholo is seen at the garage buying petrol. When he left the garage he met a witness that stated that Dipholo informed her about a witch that needed to be burnt when she asked him what the petrol was for,” said the state.

The witness also stated that Dipholo is the one who poured petrol on Mama Jostina.

The state went further to say that there is a witness who has given a statement linking accused number two, Sello who is the one who allegedly torched Mama Jostina. The witness mentioned Sello by his nickname “Mascones”.