Rape, murder and burglary suspect appears in court

STERKFONTEIN – A highly wanted suspect who was sought for serious and violent crimes such as murder, rape and burglary, who was arrested on Tuesday, 07 April 2020 in Sterkfontein outside Groblersdal, appeared before the Nebo Magistrates Court last week.

The 32 year-old suspect was arrested for cases allegedly committed between 2015 and 2019 following an intelligence-driven operation comprising the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) and Crime Prevention units in the area.

The suspect, facing charges of rape, murder and burglary residence had his cases postponed to 22 April for formal bail application and police further investigations.

Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said in one of the incidents that occurred at a public place on 28 September 2016 in Legolaneng village also outside Groblersdal, police were allegedly alerted about a murder incident and on arrival at the scene, they found a body of a woman with multiple injuries and some parts missing. The body was later identified as that of Thabitha Makola, then aged 62 years-old.

Mojapelo said a case of murder was then opened and police immediately commenced with investigations, hunting for the suspect(s) involved.

“The suspect was subsequently arrested through forensic investigations that followed and was further linked to other four cases of rape and three burglary residence in that area. The motive behind the murder incident is still being investigated but ritual murder cannot be ruled out,” said Mojapelo.

Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, Limpopo Provincial South African Police Service (SAPS) Commissioner, applauded the team of members for their endless efforts in ensuring the suspect was arrested and faced the full might of the law.

Police investigations are still ongoing.

Thapelo Motseo

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