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Exceptional detective skills help solve mysterious murder case of petrol attendant, two suspects arrested

Media Statement
South African Police Service

Office of the Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: The exceptional detective skills came into play and helped solve a mysterious murder case involving a petrol attendant who was sadly killed then allegedly dumped inside a water drain in Hendrina. Two male suspects aged 24 and 27 were arrested yesterday evening, Thursday 15 September 2022 in connection with the murder case.

According to the allegations, Mr Lifa Yinda (39) who was born in Malawi and worked at a fuel station in Hendrina, has not been seen by his co-workers for a period of about a week but was never reported to the police. However, on Wednesday, 14 September 2022 his manager was concerned about an unusual smell that was coming out from a water drain behind the fuel station. He then went out to investigate and the drain lid was opened where a gruesome discovery of a half-naked body of a human being was made.

The police as well as other role players were summoned to the scene. A murder case was then opened after it was established through forensic aid that the victim was murdered. Police immediately began with the probe where a team of experts in the field of investigation was assembled. They gathered information which led them to the two suspects that were arrested and charged accordingly. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage meanwhile Yinda was identified by his family.

The two suspects are expected to appear at the Hendrina Magistrates’ Court today, Friday 16 September 2022 facing the murder charge.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has commended members of the police for their unwavering commitment in delivering outstanding service. "The results of the work done by our members is indisputable and much appreciated. We hope that justice will be served for the victim's family" said the General.


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