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Police open inquest after the body of a missing man was recovered in Mogalakwena River

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo

The Police in Mahwelereng have opened a case of inquest after the body of a missing man, Brian Rammutla (21) who was residing at Maruteng village, Mohlabeng Section was retrieved from the Mogalakwena River in the Mahwelereng policing area yesterday, on Monday 08 August 2022 at about 13:00

The SAPS Search and Rescue Unit officers were dispatched to the scene after fishermen discovered the lifeless body of a man floating in the river. The body was retrieved with assistance of the local police and in the presence of the local community.

The shocking discovery was made after the deceased went missing on 16 July 2022.Consequently, his family reported the matter at the Mahwelereng Police Station. According to reports he left home at about 18:30 to visit his grandfather at Moshate village in the same policing area but never arrived. Police immediately started with investigations and search operation which ultimately led to the discovery of the body yesterday.

It is not clear at this stage how the deceased got into the river but the unfolding police investigations will ultimately reveal the cause of death. Police appeal to community members to give them space to fully investigate the matter.

Anyone with information regarding this incident may contact the crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest police station or MySAPSApp.

Police investigations continue.


Lieutenant Colonel Malesela Ledwaba
082 451 7180