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Police arrest woman for kidnapping and murder of an 11-year-old girl and attempted murder of her grandmother
2023/03/10

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

 

POLOKWANE - The Police in Giyani have arrested a 37-year-old woman following an incident in which an elderly woman was allegedly attacked in her house at Makgakgabatse village in the early hours of Sunday morning and the kidnapping of her 11-year- old granddaughter whose decomposing body was found in the bushes at Manganya Farm next to Ga-Maphalla outside Giyani today Friday 10 March 2023. The girl was kidnapped by the attackers.

On Sunday 05 March 2023 at about 00h00, an elderly woman aged 75 was allegedly awoken by her daughter-in-law who knocked at the door, saying she brought her two kids for ancestral rituals and was surprised to see her in the company of an unknown man. The two allegedly left soon after their request was denied. Three hours later at about 03:00, the elderly woman was attacked, strangled and left for dead by unknown men who in the process, kidnapped the little girl.

Cases of attempted murder and kidnapping were opened and investigations commenced. Information on the whereabouts of the woman was received and the Police traced and arrested her in Kempton Park in Gauteng.

Members of Giyani FCS, Tzaneen K9 and Giyani Crime Prevention conducted a search operation for the kidnapped girl and sadly, her tiny decomposing body was found hanged with a rope under a tree.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe is saddened by this horrendous incident and has ordered that the other perpetrators be hunted down and brought to book.

"This type of incidents in which the most vulnerable members of our society are attacked and brutally killed, deserve condemnation by everyone and we therefore call on community members with information to assist the Police in the investigation," said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The motive for the incident is unknown at this stage and anyone with information may contact Captain Nhlazine Ngomani on 082 319 9889, crime stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest Police station.
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