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Police finally arrest suspect allegedly involved in the murder of a businessman on Christmas Eve of 2020


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

POLOKWANE - The team of investigators attached to the Provincial Organized Crime Unit, last night arrested a 36-year-old suspect in Soshanguve near Pretoria for the house robbery, kidnapping and murder of a 48-year-old businessman Doctor Matea Ramatsemetse in Ntoane village under Dennilton policing area on 24 December 2020.

Matea and his family were asleep in their house in the early hours of Thursday 24 December 2020 at Ntoane village under Dennilton policing area when three men allegedly entered their home. They demanded cash and in the process, ransacked the house and took an undisclosed amount of cash and jewellery.

The suspects then tied up the victim's wife and three children and thereafter forced him to his Toyota bakkie and drove away with him. His body was found with bullet wounds in the area at 06:00 that morning. The vehicle was later found abandoned at Thambo View.

The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended the team for arresting the suspect and urged community members to continue assisting the Police in the fight against crime.

The suspect is expected to appear in Moutse magistrate court on Monday 09 January 2023.


Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo
082 8766 429