The relentless efforts of the South African Police Service in Limpopo to deal with incidents of gender-based violence led to the arrest of a second suspect in connection with the attempted murder of a 75-year-old woman and the kidnapping and murder of her granddaughter, aged 11, Kgopotse Moseamedi.
The suspect was arrested last night in Gauteng Province by a team of investigators assigned to probe this brutal incident.
On Sunday morning, 05 March 2023, the victims were attacked in their house at Makgakgapatse village under Giyani policing area. The elderly woman was left for dead while the 11-year-old child was kidnapped and almost a week later, her decomposing body was found by the Police hanging from a tree.
First to be arrested, was a 37-year-old woman whom was said to be known to both victims. She was arrested in Kemptonpark. The second suspect, aged 35 and believed to be the women’s companion, was arrested last night in Thembisa, Gauteng Province.
The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended the members for arresting the suspects within a week after the incident took place.
“As we continue the fight against gender-based violence, speedy arrests of perpetrators will send a message that the Police are determined to relentlessly deal with this scourge,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.
The suspects are expected to appear in Giyani magistrate court on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and murder on Monday, 13 March 2023.
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