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2023/08/01      |  Written By:  Colonel M Ledwaba   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE: 31 July 2023 - The Police at Letsitele in Mopani District have arrested a 39-year-old man after he allegedly kidnapped and severely assaulted his 35-year old wife at Mamitwa village on the evening of Saturday 29 July 2023. The suspect is scheduled to make his first court appearance today, July 31 in the Ritavi Magistrate's Court.

The arrest followed after the suspect allegedly kidnapped and assaulted his wife at about 19:00 and thereafter left her in the bushes naked. According to the Police reports, the victim and her sister in law were walking home from attending an event when the victim's husband (suspect) came driving at high speed and even attempted to knock her with the vehicle.

The suspect aggressively ordered the victim to get in the vehicle and drove off to their home at Nwajaheni village. Police were alerted about the incident and started with investigation and a search for both the victim and suspect. The suspect's vehicle was spotted on the road and tactically stopped. Police then took to suspect to his house after he lied about the whereabouts of his wife.

During the investigation at the house, Police found the victim's clothes with blood stains. While Police were busy with the search, they received a report that the victim was at the local Police Station after she was rescued by a passerby who found her in the bushes, naked and severely assaulted. The husband was arrested on the spot.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has condemned the actions of the suspect. " We shall leave no stone unturned for those who see women as their punching bags, taking advantage of their vulnerability. This behaviour is inhumane and must stop immediately," said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

Police investigations are still continuing.