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News: Investigators commended for the swift arrest of a boyfriend and a self-proclaimed sangoma linked to the murder of a 44-year old missing woman in Rietgat


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

GAUTENG - Two suspects, one the boyfriend of the deceased and the other a self-proclaimed sangoma, are expected to appear on Tuesday 13 October 2020 before the Soshanguve Magistrate Court for the murder of a 44-year old woman who was reported missing over a week ago.

A relative of the deceased reported her missing on 03 October 2020 and an immediate search was activated by the police. It is alleged that at the time of her disappearance, the deceased went outside her house responding to a telephone call from the 39-year old boyfriend. This would be the last time the deceased was seen.

The preliminary investigation found that the last person possibly in contact with the deceased was the boyfriend albeit telephonically. This led to the arrest of the suspect on Saturday 10 October 2020.

Further investigation led police on Sunday afternoon 11 October 2020 to Dubai informal settlement where the remains of the missing woman were found. The burnt body was mutilated with no hands and no feet.

A second suspect who is a self-proclaimed sangoma has since been arrested for his suspected involvement in the murder.

The two suspects are set to appear today, 13 October 2020 in the Soshanguve Magistrate Court.

Investigations at this stage suggest that the motive for the killing may be muthi-related.

Gauteng Commissioner of police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, has commended the work of the investigators that resulted in the swift arrest of the suspects.

"This arrest should be the basis of an even greater task of building a watertight case through the gathering of sufficient evidence by the investigators, towards securing a successful conviction in court. Our members must always be mindful of the SAPS commitment to prioritise the investigation of such horrific crimes committed against women, children and other vulnerable persons," said General Mawela, reminding the detectives of the gravity of the scourge of gender based violence and femicide.


Brigadier Mathapelo Peters
076 065 6502


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