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Limpopo Provincial Commissioner hails arrest of suspect in double murder at Echo caves


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

POLOKWANE - The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has commended the investigation team for the breakthrough made in the house robbery and murder of Hotel owner Angela Claasen (73) and nephew Hennie Classen (77) at Echo caves in Orighstad outside Burgersfort on Saturday 03 June 2023 at about 13:00.

The deceased's charred remains were discovered in two separate buildings. Preliminary investigation revealed that an African male suspect wearing balaclavas was seen fleeing the scene.

Immediately after the incident, The Provincial Commissioner mobilised maximum resources to track down and bring those responsible to book. The team comprising detectives from the Provincial Tracking Team and Orighstad in collaboration with Bosveld Misdaad Ondersoeke private security worked tirelessly on the case.

The team followed information which led to the arrest of a 30-year-old male suspect in the early hours of today, 14 June 2023 at about 01:00 at his hideout in Tembisa, Gauteng province. The suspect is an ex-employee at the hotel and was positively linked to the incident.

“The swift detective work and joint efforts of this team is highly commendable, said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The suspect will soon appear before the Praktiseer Magistrate's Court facing charges of house robbery, two counts of murder and arson.


Colonel Malesela Ledwaba
082 451 7180


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