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Sterling work of Limpopo investigating team applauded after swift arrest of suspect involved in elderly couple's murder

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 swift arrest of a 38-year-old suspect allegedly responsible for the murder of an elderly couple at Lwamondo Tshifulanani village in Vuwani outside Thohoyandou earlier this month.

The suspect, who is the biological son of the deceased, Khorombi Nevondo(74) and stepson to Mercy Maphaha (58) was arrested today at the deceased's house following an intelligence driven operation by members of the Provincial Tracking team, Murder and Robbery Unit, Vuwani Detectives and Thohoyandou Local Criminal Record Centre

The arrest of the suspect stems from an incident in which the deceased were found in their bedroom lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds on Tuesday 04 July 2023.

A preliminary investigation by police then revealed that the intruder gained entry to the house by cutting the burglar door and forcing the door open. It was also established that the elderly man's social grant card and identification book were stolen.

"It is very disturbing when members of the community fail to resolve their family issues amicably and instead resort to violence. Such behaviour is unbecoming and must stop immediately. The excellent detective work and well-coordinated operation by these members is highly commendable,” concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Vuwani Magistrate's Court on Thursday 13 July 2023, facing charges of two counts of murder, house breaking with intent to commit theft and theft.

Police investigations are still continuing.


Colonel Malesela Ledwaba
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