Suspect arrested after farmer murdered whilst patrolling his farm, Giyani

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Suspect arrested after farmer murdered whilst patrolling his farm, Giyani
Suspect arrested after farmer murdered whilst patrolling his farm, Giyani

The Preliminary police investigations indicate that the farmer left his home at about 02:00, driving in his motor vehicle to patrol his farm and also to look for cattle. The family was surprised when he didn’t return home. The gruesome discovery of the farmers body with gunshot and stab wounds was made on the morning of 12 February 2020 at about 06:00.

The Police in Giyani were notified about the incident by community members and responded immediately. On arrival at the crime scene, along the R529 road next to Maphata Village, the lifeless body of Soyaphi Thomas Nkuna (63) from Mageva village in the Dzumeri area was found.

Nkuna was a former teacher at Kheto N’umalo high school in Giyani and had since taken up farming.

The deceased’s Nissan Hard body motor vehicle, was recovered shortly after the incident around the City of Polokwane. A 35-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with the murder.

The arrest comes after the intensive investigations by a Team of Detectives. following the discovery of in the morning, on the 12 February 2020 at about 06:00.

The Police opened cases of carjacking and murder and immediately started with investigations and manhunt of the suspects involved. The suspect was spotted and arrested around Polokwane on Saturday, 21 March 2020. During further investigations, he was positively linked to a house breaking and theft incident around the Polokwane policing area.

The suspect will still be profiled to establish his links to other serious offences across the Province. He will appear before the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on 25 March 2020, facing charges of murder and carjacking.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, applauded the investigation team for cracking such a complex matter and subsequently arresting this suspect.

The Police investigations are still continuing.

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