Mother and son appearing in court for murder

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Tebogo Msimanga |

A 42-year old-woman together with her 23 year-old son and two cousins aged 32 and 36 will make their first appearance at Groblersdal Magistrate Court on Monday 2023-06-19 facing charges of kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm( GBH) and murder committed at Morarela , on a farm under Elandskraal policing area in Sekhukhune District on Saturday 17 June 2023 at about 09:05.

Limpopo Police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said according to the police report, the deceased identified as Funky Hlongwane and his 32-year friend , who is a teacher by profession were at home when they were allegedly kidnapped by the four suspects at about 07:05 after being accused of stealing goats of a 42-year old-woman.

“The duo were taken to a farm and tied with a long robe and severely assaulted with several weapons including a  hammer. The teacher was released afterwards while the suspects continued assaulting Funky Hlongwane. The teacher managed to report the incident to the Police”.

Malesela said the Police immediately rushed to the premises and upon arrival, they found a 35 year-old victim laying down with serious injuries and unable to talk.

“The members of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were summoned to the scene and the victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries”.

The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe described the incident as senseless and brutal. Police investigations are continuing.

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