Brutal murder: Dismembered body of girl (11) found in Letaba River

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Brutal murder: Dismembered body of girl (11) found in Letaba River
Brutal murder: Dismembered body of girl (11) found in Letaba River

The arrested suspect in this matter, Moses Makwakwa aged 50, from Ndengeza village has appeared before the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder on Monday 23 March 2020. He was denied bail and his case was postponed to the 30 March 2020, for bail application and to allow for further police investigations.

The suspect was arrested on Thursday, 19 March 2020 following his alleged involvement in the brutal murder of an 11-year-old girl, whose dismembered body was found dumped in the middle of Letaba River outside Giyani on Tuesday, 17 March 2020.

Tiyiselani Nokuthula Rikhotso from Dengeza (A) village outside Giyani, was reported missing on Monday, 16 March 2020. The police then commenced with a search operation for the child until this gruesome discovery.

This after community members made the discovery and then called the police. On arrival at the scene, the police retrieved the body and discovered that some of her body parts were missing.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has called upon members of the community in that area to remain calm and give the Police a space to investigate this matter in full.

This call by the Provincial Commissioner is precipitated by the tense situation which erupted in this village last week, soon after this suspect was arrested. In the process, the suspect’s house was torched with everything inside.

The suspects involved in this incident, are still unknown and there is no arrest yet. Anyone with information that can lead to their arrests, may contact Colonel Chris Mabasa at 082 469 0739.

Members of the community who are still continuing to engage themselves in violent actions including taking the law into their own hands, are going to meet the full might of the law, concluded General Ledwaba.

The Police investigations are still continuing.

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