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Suspect appears in court for girlfriend's murder

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Free State


Mduduzi Samuel Mbatha (30) appeared before the Villiers Magistrate court on Wednesday, 22 December 2021 for murder.

It is alleged that on Sunday, 19 December 2021 at about 06:00 the police were stopped by members of the community showing them a lady by the name of Nkusa Letta Mofokeng lying in the street.

The police attended to the complaint and found a female lying in the street and later declared dead by Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

An inquest was registered and later changed to murder after preliminary investigation revealed that the victim sustained internal injuries and bleeding.

The victim was last seen with her boyfriend Mduduzi who was interviewed but could not give a satisfactory explanation and arrested for murder.

A month ago the victim had opened a rape case against the suspect which she later withdrawn and also had a protection order against the suspect.

The suspect remains in custody and will appear again on Thursday, 23 December 2021 to apply for legal representation.



Sergeant Josephine Rani
079 499 6165