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Manhunt launched for suspect(s) who murdered a 20-year-old high school learner


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

POLOKWANE - The Police in Mahwelereng outside Mokopane have launched a manhunt for the suspect(s) who murdered a 20-year-old grade 12 learner whose body was found with several stab wounds behind one of the blocks in the school premises of Ben Hlogwane Secondary School this morning, 27 November 2022.

Preliminary Police investigations revealed that the victim was part of a group of learners doing camping classes in preparation for the examinations. He reportedly sneaked out yesterday, Saturday 26 November 2022 and that the guardians at school were looking for him but could not find him.

Further probe conducted at the scene point to a possibility that the victim might have been stabbed somewhere and thereafter ran towards the school and collapsed behind one of the blocks in the school premises.

The deceased was identified as Phillimon Mkomo from Tshamahansi village in Mahwelereng policing area.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has strongly condemned the incident and appealed to community members with information to come forward and assist the Police in tracking down the killers.

Anyone with information may contact the Investigating Officer Sergeant Munzhedzi Patrick Bebeda on 083 721 8652, the nearest Police Station or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or send the information via MySAPSApp.


Contact Colonel Malesela Ledwaba
082 451 7180