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Murder suspects sought in Welkom murder investigation

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Free State


WELKOM - Police are looking for information on a murder investigation in Thabong after the body of a man was found with multiple stab wounds in an open field. 

On Tuesday, 26 December 2023 at about 08:40, a lifeless body was found in an open field at the back of Edu College, Welkom. The deceased had several stab wounds on the head, face and body and was bleeding. 

The body was identified by the aunt while at the Welkom Mortuary as Zithembile Brian Mgqeku (42) who lived in Ngabazeli Street, Thabong. 

A preliminary investigation reveals that on 25 December 2023 at about 20:00, he went to a nearby shebeen to buy beer. That was the last time he was seen wearing grey jeans, grey All Star tekkies and a cream tracksuit top. 

Should anyone have information leading to the arrests of suspects, Detective Sergeant Modupe Thekiso of Welkom Serious and Violent Crimes can be contacted at cellphone number 083 929 8149 or Crime Stop number 08600 10111.


Captain Stephen Thakeng 
079 5284 811