The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba strongly condemns the brutal murder of a 8-year-old child, Mabareki California Molamudi, whose body was found in the bushes at Xipungu village in the early hours of Thursday 30 July 2020.
Members of the Tzaneen Tracking Team (TTT) received the information on the night of 29 July 2020, at about 22:00 that the suspect went to consult a Traditional Healer at Achornhoek in Mpumalanga and on arrival at about 01:30 this morning, the suspect was found and arrested.
Further investigations led the Team to an area next to the local Creche at Xipungu village in Letsitele policing area outside Tzaneen, where the body was found in the bushes.
The probe that was conducted at the scene suggested that the child might have been raped before she was murdered. This will be determined by forensic investigations that are unfolding.
The child, who was a Grade 1 leaner at Totwana Primary School at Xipungu village, was reportedly left with a caregiver, who is also a family member on Monday, 27 July 2020, when she suddenly went missing. Preliminary investigations conducted by the police revealed that the child was last seen in the company of the suspect, walking to the nearby shop. He later reportedly told some community members that the child was kidnapped by unknown men traveling in a Toyota Quantum.
“We commend members of the Task Team that was assembled soon after the child went missing, for spending sleepless nights searching for both the child and the suspect. We also thank community members for continuing to work with us and providing valuable information that enables us to do our work”, concluded General Ledwaba.
The suspect, aged 34, will be charged with Kidnapping, rape and Murder. He is expected to appear in Ritavi magistrate court on Friday 31 July 2020.
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