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Update: Suspect arrested for alleged kidnapping and murder of woman after she was reported missing


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

POLOKWANE - A 40-year-old suspect was arrested for the kidnapping and murder of a 26-old-woman, Venolia Skosana whose body was found in an advance state of decomposition in the river at Khathazweni outside Hlogotlou police area this morning, Thursday 05 January 2023.

The victim reportedly went missing on Saturday 31 December 2022 at about 14:00. A missing person file was opened at Hlogotlou Police Station and the police immediately commenced with the initial investigations which revealed that, the victim was last seen at Holnek village in the Zaaiplaas policing area where she was attending an event.

The Police team led by the Station Commander of Hlogotlou, Lieutenant Colonel Ntoane Masuku last night operationalized information received which led to the arrest of the suspect and discovery of the body.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the arrest and also thanked community members for continuously assisting the Police in providing valuable information.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Nebo Magistrate's court tomorrow, Friday 06 January 2023 facing charges of kidnapping and murder. More charges could be added.

Click here for the original Media Statement.


Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo
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