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A 27-year-old male suspect arrested at his hideout in Waterberg District for allegedly killing his girlfriend in Thohoyandou precinct


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

POLOKWANE - A 27-year-old male was arrested on Tuesday, 19 September 2023, from his hideout in the Waterberg District following the fatally stabbing of his 19-year-old girlfriend in Thohoyandou Policing precinct under Vhembe District.

The suspect was apprehended at Mokopane, Mahwelereng Zone 17 by the members of the Thohoyandou Task Team after receiving information about his hide out in the area.

It is alleged that on Sunday, 03 September 2023 at about 22:40, Police received a complaint about a female victim who was stabbed at Ha-Magidi village and immediately proceeded to the scene.

Upon arrival, Police' found the members of Emergency Medical Services (EM) busy attending to a 19-year-old victim who later succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

The deceased was identified by next of kin as Ridodzula Mudzanani who is from Mbaleni village.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the deceased was walking when she met her boyfriend. After few minutes, a member of a community heard the girlfriend screaming for help after being stabbed with a sharp object allegedly by the suspect who fled the scene on foot.

The couple had two kids and the motive of the incident is unknown at this stage but domestic violence cannot be ruled out.

After a week of the Incident a person (male) was found dead and the Identity Documents of the 27-year-old wanted suspect was found next to the deceased giving an impression that he is the one dead and as investigation continues it transpired that the deceased individual had his own ID in the pockets.

Through further extensive investigations, Police' found out that the unknown body was not of the suspect and as such they continued to trace him until his arrest in Mahwelereng.

"I can assure criminals that the long arm of the law shall never fail, it will follow and catch up with you no matter how long it takes and how far you go. It is evident that they will be nabbed, prosecuted and incarcerated for their evil crimes they committ in the society," concluded the Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

The suspect is expected to appear before the Thohoyandou Magistrate court soon facing charges of murder.


Colonel Malesela Ledwaba
082 451 7180