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2022/04/26      |  Written By:  Colonel A Myburg   |   Province:  North West


POTCHEFSTROOM: 26 April 2022 – Two murder accused appeared in the Itsoseng Magistrates' Court after being arrested for two separate cases of murder. 

In the first incident reported late in the afternoon of Saturday, 23 April 2022, an argument allegedly ensued between two men in a tavern in Zone 3, Itsoseng.  It is further alleged that a 36-year-old Tumelo Ferdinand Khoane stabbed Lesego David Motlhajoa (37) with an unknown sharp instrument in the street, just outside the tavern. The victim, Motlhajoa, fell on the ground. He was certified dead shortly after the incident by Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS).

Initial police investigations resulted in the arrest of Khoane. He was upon appearance before the court on Monday, 25 April 2022,  on a charge of  murder,  remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Tuesday, 3 May 2022.

In a second unrelated incident in the early hours of Sunday morning, 24 April 2022, 22-year-old Onkokame Clemet Mogatwe and Thabeng Mogotlhe (28) allegedly had an argument at a tavern in Gasehuba Section, Bodibe Village, in Itsoseng. According to information received, Mogatwe stabbed Mogotlhe with a sharp instrument. He was rushed to a local clinic, where he was certified dead shortly after his arrival. Mogatwe was arrested the same day and he appeared before the Itsoseng Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 25 April 2022, on a charge of murder. He was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Thursday, 5 May 2022.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, lauded the Itsoseng police for their quick response that led to the arrest. He reiterated that the police will continue to work hard to ensure that criminals are removed from society.