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2022/10/05      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 05 October 2022 - A decomposed body of a woman was found in a ceiling of a certain house on Tuesday morning, 04 October 2022 around 11h00 am in Minaar Street at Balfour.

According to the report, the Police recieved a complaint of a bad odour coming from a house in the area of Balfour. On arrival police found a lady who indicated that she has moved into the said house about a month ago to stay with the father of her child.

The Police began to check the house in order to determine where the odour was coming from. At first, the ceiling trapdoor did not show clearly what was inside, however the members proceeded to the next room and broke the ceiling where they made a discovery of a human body wrapped with some clothes.

Emergency Services personnel were summoned to the scene but the body was in a decomposed state in such a way that the gender could not be determined at that time however later through the shoes that the victim was wearing as well as the nail polish and other features it was then determined that it is a female person. A murder case is being investigated by the police.

On further questioning by police, the woman indicated that she too was concerned about the odour and even asked her partner but he responded that it was due to rats. When she was asked on the whereabouts of her companion, the lady indicated that she last saw him on Saturday (01 October 2022) when he indicated that he was going to make payments of some accounts and then vanished. The family is yet to identify the deceased.

The investigators believe that Mr Thabo Silas Tsotetsi (picture attached) could assist in their investigation therefore police urge anyone who may knows his whereabouts or anyone with information that may help in the investigation to contact Detective Sergeant Moeketsi Mofokeng at 0723513801 or call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Alternatively members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

Meanwhile the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has condemned the incident in the strongest possible terms it deserves. "This is really heartbreaking for a woman to be murdered and her body concealed like that. We strongly suspect that this is another Gender-Based-Violence incident but hope and trust that anyone behind this murder will feel the full might of the law" said the General.

The investigators believe that Mr Thabo Silas Tsotetsi (picture attached) could assist