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2023/10/16      |  Written By:  Colonel M Ledwaba   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE: 14 October 2023-The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has directed the Police in Tzaneen to track and arrest two suspects who  shot and killed a 44 year old motorist and raped a passenger in Tzaneen. It is alleged that on Friday, 13 October 2023 at about 13:00, the Police in Tzaneen received a report of Rape in the outskirts of Tzaneen near the SAPS Supply Chain Management Offices.

They rushed to scene where they found a 30 old woman who reported to the Police that she was traveling in a Suzuki swift sedan with a 44 year old  male. Along the way on R71 road next to Sasol Garage they offered a lift to two African males. While traveling along the Georges valley road, one of the passengers asked the driver to stop and pull the handbrake. The driver refused to pull the handbrake and that is when one of them pulled out a firearm and shot him point blank from the back. They instructed the lady to move to the back seat and drove with her  towards Town and dumped the deceased at a gravel road and drove away with the woman.

They robbed her of cash , bank cards, cell phones and made cash transactions with their cards. They further drove to the bushes and raped her and fled the scene leaving her behind.

The victim managed to walk until she reached the office of supply chain in Tzaneen where she reported the matter to the Police'.

The vehicle was later found burnt at the Letsitele Policing precinct .

The Police are Investigating a case of murder, rape , malicious damage to property ,robbery with firearm and carjacking.

Anyone with information that can assist in the apprehension of these suspects may contact   Warrant Officer Phaladi Makola on the number 082 749 2233 or  nearest Police Station or Crime Stop Number 08600 10111 or MySAPS App.