A man killed three people and then shot himself dead

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Police are investigating three cases of murder and an inquest following two incidents in which the suspect, now deceased, first attacked his neighbour aged 80 at Lwamondo Mutandani village outside Thohoyandou, by possibly strangling him before taking his firearm and motor vehicle.

The suspect proceeded to Thohoyandou Block Q where he shot and killed a man and his partner before fleeing the scene. The incident took place last night, Thursday 23 March 2023.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the Police in Thohoyandou received a report on Thursday night that there was a shooting incident that has taken place at a house situated next to Baptist Church in Sibasa. Upon their arrival, they found the bodies of male and female victims with gunshot wounds.

“Preliminary investigations indicated that the suspect entered the premises and shot the victims at gunpoint. He then fled the scene in a motor vehicle. A case of two counts of murder was then opened”.

Mojapelo added that in another incident on Friday 24 March 2023 , the Police in Vuyani were summoned to a house in which an 80 year old man was found dead in the passage of his house at Lwamondo village. “His firearm was stolen from the safe and his motor vehicle was also missing. Cases of murder and house robbery were then opened”.

Mojapelo said the investigations of these two separate incidents were then coordinated and it soon came to light that the suspect was in fact the same person identified as Thinandavha Bravo Mulaudzi residing at Lwamondo village in Vuwani.

The team, today on Friday 24 March 2023, launched a manhunt for the suspect until his body was found with a bullet wound in the bushes in Mapate Village under Vuwani Policing area. The firearm and motor vehicle belonging  an 80 year old deceased were also recovered. “The deceased in Sibasa were identified as Patricia Manavhela (48) and her partner Simon Ramutsindela Thifhelimbilu (49)”.

The motive of the incident is unknown at this stage but love triangle cannot be ruled out. 

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has once more urged people with domestic challenges to seek assistance from professionals or families and desist from resorting to extreme violence.

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