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Limpopo Provincial Commissioner orders immediate manhunt after dismembered body of man found buried in a shallow grave


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 ordered an immediate manhunt of unknown suspects following the gruesome discovery of the dismembered body of an unknown man in a shallow grave in Apel on Wednesday morning, 03 January 2024 at about 10:00.

The SAPS in Apel outside Sekhukhune were alerted by community members who were collecting firewood in the bushes near Strydkraal A, about the body of a man buried in a shallow grave.

Upon arrival, police were able to retrieve the dismebered body of an unknown man with multiple injuries and some of the body parts were buried along with him.

Preliminary investigations indicated that the victim was brought to the scene by suspects driving in an unidentified motor vehicle.

Initial investigation conducted at the scene also indicated that the victim was dragged for some metres to where the shallow grave was dug up as there were trails of blood stains. The victim suspected to be in his 30's was found wearing only an underwear.

"This is one of the most disturbing and inhumane incidents that we have experienced in our province. I have confidence in our investigating team that they will follow all possible leads to track down the suspects and bring them to book.

We also appeal to the community members to come forward with any information that can assist in identifying the deceased or apprehension of the suspects," added Lieutenant General Hadebe.

They may contact Sergeant Martin Betha on 0636699344 or Lieutenant Colonel John Kubayi on 0825657602 of Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest police station or use MySAPS app.

Police investigations continue.


Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba
082 565 6524