MASHIFANE – Three suspects aged between 19 and 59 years-old arrested for double murder at Mashifane village outside Burgersfort were remanded in custody when they appeared before the Praktiseer Magistrates Court on Monday.

The suspects, Jane Makofane (47), Eric Magale (59) and Confort Magale (19) were arrested in connection with a horrific incident in which two men were brutally murdered at the graveyard in the village near Ga-Mashamothane on Saturday morning.

Following the murder of the two men, Lt General Nneke Ledwaba, Limpopo Provincial Police Commissioner, established a team composed of the Crime Intelligence, Detectives, Public Order Police (POP) and Crime Prevention members that immediately started tracing the suspects responsible for the mob attack.

Lt Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said a few hours later that afternoon, four suspects aged between 19 and 59 years-old were arrested and positively connected to two counts of murder, malicious damage to property, violation of graves and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. More arrests are still expected.

Ngoepe said a 9mm firearm believed to be one of the weapons used to kill the two deceased was confiscated during the arrest.

He explained it was alleged that on Saturday 06 January 2018 at about 08:00 at Mashifane village graveyard in Ga-Mashamothane area, the local community were burying one of the deceased’s wife when the mourners attacked the husband and his friend with various objects.

He further explained that one of the mourners produced a firearm and shot both men. Mourners burnt them, threw their bodies into the grave, put the woman’s coffin on top and buried them before dispersing.

“The police were summoned and reacted swiftly, all three bodies including that of the woman were then exhumed for further police investigations,” said Ngoepe.

The motive behind the incident is still unknown, police investigations will tell as they as still unfolding.

The fourth suspect was released due to lack of evidence linking her to the incident and the fifth suspect is a minor.

The arrested suspects are expected to appear before the Praktiseer Magistrates Court on Monday 15 January 2018 for formal bail application.

Anyone with information which can assist in the arrest of the remaining suspects on the matter may contact Brigadier James Espach at 082 576 0743 or the crime stop number 08600 10111 or the crime line sms 32211 or the nearest police station.

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