Arrests in the ‘charred remains in burnt vehicle case’

South African Police Service

Arrests in the ‘charred remains in burnt vehicle case’
Arrests in the 'charred remains in burnt vehicle case'. Photo: SAPS

Police in Limpopo have made a major breakthrough when suspects involved in the brutal killing of two people in Mashashane outside Polokwane were arrested last night 10 April 2018.

A dedicated team of investigators compromising the Provincial tracking and Detective services has been working around the clock since 9 February 2018, after the chilling discovery of 47 year old Mapula Veronica Mahanyele’s body from Ga-Matlala Phofu and charred remains of an unknown person which were found inside Mahanyele’s burnt vehicle.

Three suspects, aged between 19 and 22, were finally cornered in Kallspruit village in the Seshego policing precinct. During the arrest, some of the items believed to be belonging to the deceased were recovered.

The arrest comes after an incident where Ms Mahanyele was reported missing on 5 February 2018 after her distraught family discovered she did not report to work and back home.

Police investigations ensued which led to the charred remains of the only occupant found inside a burned car in the bushes on 6 February 2018 at Mashashane Christina. Further investigations revealed that the vehicle, a Toyota double cab belonged to the missing woman, but forensic investigations had to be conducted to conclude if the body positively matched that of the deceased.

While investigations were underway, Mahanyele’s body was found dumped in Mashashane, Newlands on 7 March 2018. The burnt remains found inside her vehicle, has still not been unidentified.

Police investigations uncovered that the suspects are also linked to another car hijacking and a rape case which took place in Mashashane on 28 March 2018. During the commission of these criminal acts, it was discovered that the suspects were out on a bail for car hijacking that occurred around Seshego area.

The incident leading to the death of the body found inside the vehicle, is still being investigated and the identity of the deceased will be determined upon receipt of DNA results and will be released as soon as the family has been notified.

The suspects are expected to appear before Seshego Magistrate’s Court soon facing charges of murder, rape, kidnapping, robbery and carjacking.

Police investigations are still underway.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has applauded members involved for their hard work and dedication.

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