Suspects in Moganyaka woman’s disappearance again denied bail, search for victim ongoing

MOGANYAKA – Suspects arrested in connection with the disappearance of a 38 year-old woman from Moganyaka village outside Marble Hall were once again denied bail when they appeared before the Groblersdal Magistrates Court last Wednesday.

 Three suspects involved in the disappearance of a Rebecca Maleswena were arrested last month following the disappearance of the woman, an employee at a surgery in Marble Hall Town.

The Dedicated Team of South African Police Service (Saps) members composed of the detectives and crime intelligence, worked tirelessly around the clock since the mysterious disappearances of Maleswena, but efforts to find her remain unsuccessful.

The suspects, Suliman Makambira (39) was arrested at Meadowlands in the Gauteng Province, whereas, Lucky Mphafudi  (30) and Selina Phiri (40), were both arrested in Marble Hall.

 Phiri was first to be arrested few days after Maleswena’s disappearance and she appeared before the Marble Magistrate Court.

She was denied bail and the case was postponed to the for bail application and for further police investigations.

Mphafudi and Makarimba also appeared before the Marble Hall Magistrate last Wednesday and were all denied bail until their next court appearance set for 05 June 2019 for bail application and for further police investigations.

The three suspects, Phiri, Mphafudi and Makarimba are facing a charge of kidnapping following the mysterious disappearance of Maleswena.

Their arrest comes after an incident when Maleswena, an employee at a surgery in Marble Hall town, was reported missing about three months ago by her frightened family after she failed to return home.

Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said It was alleged that the victim received a phone call from an unknown woman who arranged to meet her at a restaurant next to the Marble Taxi rank.

Ngoepe said the victim boarded a taxi from her home and was never seen again and the matter was reported to the police who started with their investigations.

“Police followed information of a possibility that her body might being thrown into the crocodile infested Oliphants River outside Leeuwfontein Township near Marble Hall. A search and rescue team was immediately activated and the search operation ensued from the beginning of that month for several days with no success,” said Ngoepe.

According to police the three arrested suspects are positively linked to the disappearance of the victim but the motive behind the incident is not clear at this stage.

Police search operation for the missing woman and the investigations into the kidnapping charges are still underway.

Thapelo Motseo

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