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News: Suspect to appear in court for alleged murder of a young teacher

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner of North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: A 40-year-old suspect is expected to appear in the Mogwase Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 6 July 2020 for alleged murder of the late Khumontle Mokgosi. The suspect will also face additional charges of theft and possession of suspected stolen goods. 

The long arm of the law caught up with the suspect on Friday, 3 July 2020 at Goo-Mokgatle Section in Dinokana village outside Zeerust. He was arrested during a crime intelligence driven operation by a multi-disciplinary team comprising of Bojanala District and Zeerust Task Teams as well as Provincial Traffic. During the arrest, the suspect was found in possession of deceased’s bank card as well as the recently bought goods such as clothes, car battery and liquor. Preliminary investigation revealed that Mokgosi’s bank card was used to withdraw cash from Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in Northam and Zeerust. Furthermore, the team managed to recover Mokgosi’s two cell phones.

Mokgosi's lifeless body was found on Monday, 29 June 2020 at her rented place in Magong village near Mogwase by neighbours and members of the School Governing Body (SGB) who conducted a search after the young teacher failed to report for duty. It is suspected that the deceased, whose body was found with hands and feet tied, died due to strangulation. Thus, a case of murder was opened for investigation.

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena applauded the team for working tirelessly to make certain that the alleged perpetrator is brought to book to face the full might of the law.  He said further that the arrest will serve as a warning to those who commit crime including gender based violence that no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that they account for their wicked deeds.    


Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone
082 496 9642




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