Killings of women in Mpumalanga a major concern to police

Posted in News by Admin on 30 December, 2019 at 12:12 p.m.

MBOMBELA -  Police are on a manhunt for suspect(s) in connection with a murder committed at Tweefontein near Zamani Primary School. According to reports, police were summoned to the gruesome murder scene on Saturday, December 28, at about 08:30.

Upon their arrival at the scene, they discovered the half-naked and mutilated body of a 25-year-old woman.The victim, who has been identified as Sphiwe Mtshweni, apparently died of multiple stab wounds. Medical personnel certified Mtshweni dead at the scene. A case of murder was opened, and detectives immediately commenced with an investigation.

Meanwhile, the Emzinoni SAPS have made a breakthrough in the case of 48-year-old Mapule Jaquiline Thekiso whose body was discovered floating in a dam in Mzinoni on November 17.

Thekiso was reported missing in Vosman on November 18. An investigation into the incident led to the arrest of Rudolph Ngwenya (aged 28) in Calcutta near Hazyview. He was found in the possession of Thekiso’s motor vehicle. Ngwenya appeared in the Bethal Magistrate’s Court on December 24 where the case was postponed to January 7, 2020.

The Provincial Commissioner for Police, Lt Gen Mondli Zuma, strongly condemned Thekiso’s murder. He also appealed to the community to assist with information that could assist in apprehending Mtshweni's killers. 

"I am horrified by the heartless killing of women in this province. It is of paramount importance that people discuss their differences, rather than resort to murder,” said Zuma.

The police made an urgent appeal to the public to assist with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) by calling Capt Vusimuzi Mahlangu on 082-318-9894. They can also contact the Tweefontein SAPS on 082-922-9412. Members of the community can anonymously call 0860-010-111 or send  an SMS to 32211. Alternatively, the public can call 10111 or download MYSAPSAPP to anonymously forward relevant information to police.

Editor: Anchen Coetzee
Subeditor: Lynette Brink
Submitted by: Brig Leonard Hlathi 

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