Suspect arrested for allegedly murdering a 16-year-old

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

A 21-year-old suspect, Novice Mathebula, arrested for allegedly kidnapping and murdering a 16-year-old girl at Mavalani village outside Giyani on Christmas Day, has appeared before the Giyani magistrate court, on Wednesday, 31 March 2021.He was remanded in custody until 05 May 2021 for further police investigations.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe said the suspect was arrested after the body of the deceased was found dumped in the Nsami river on 29 December 2020 and she was positively identified by the family, on 07 January 2021.

“The child was reported missing on Tuesday, 29 December 2020. Preliminary police investigations revealed that the deceased, identified as Matimu Xolani Timbane, was last seen in the company of the suspect on 25 December 2020 under the circumstances that bordered on kidnapping.”

Ngoepe added that the suspect was then traced by the police and arrested in Johannesburg, on 05 January 2021. The police investigations are continuing.

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