Police recovered bodies in shallow graves

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Five suspects are behind bars for the alleged kidnapping and murder of two people, a man and a woman, whose bodies were located and exhumed at different locations over the weekend. This was after they were reported missing under mysterious circumstances during February and July of 2022.

The woman went missing in  February 2022 under Makhado Policing precinct and was only reported earlier this year while the man was reported missing in July 2022 under Tshilwavhusiku policing area.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the investigation revealed that the victims were buried in shallow graves at Rathidili and Madodonga villages respectively.

“Two suspects were already in custody for murder and other serious crimes. The other three were concerned in their hideout in Mahwelereng and apprehended.  The team recovered a 9mm pistol with serial number filed off and eight rounds of ammunition”. Mojapelo added that forensic investigations are underway to make conclusive identification of the remains

“All these suspects are alleged to be the same individuals who had been in charge of the vigilante group in Tshilwabusiku and the neighbouring villages under Makhado policing areas”.

The five suspects appeared before Tshilwavhusiku magistrate court on Monday 30 January 2023.

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