Man appears for murder of grandmother
A 39-year-old man, Samuel Malele, appeared at the Bushbuckridge Magistrate’s Court on 17 September for murder.
It is alleged that on Monday morning, 16 September, the suspect called the victim, his grandmother, into the house at which they were both occupants. Moments later the victim’s son, his uncle, heard strange noises coming from the house and rushed in to investigate. Upon arrival, he (victim’s son) allegedly found the suspect hacking the victim with a shovel and threatened to kill him if he intervened.
The son went out calling for assistance and upon returning found her lifeless body outside the house. The police were alerted and they swiftly arrested the suspect at the scene. It was reported that the suspect murdered the victim after accusing her of practicing witchcraft against him.
During his court appearance, the suspect was remanded in custody and was expected to reappear at the same court on Friday, 20 September, for a formal bail application.
Murder suspect sought
Police in Mpumalanga are looking for a suspect who murdered a 32-year-old woman at Moloto Block 4, KwaMhlanga.
It was reported that the woman was last seen by her family members on Sunday, 15 September. The following day, Monday morning, the family became suspicious when she still did not show up as she was supposed to prepare her two daughters for school. It is alleged that the children had asked the whereabouts of their mother from the boyfriend who was last seen with her and he alleged that she went to the clinic. He left while the search was being conducted around the area.
As the search progressed, information revealed that her younger brother went inside her bedroom after the boyfriend had left and searched everywhere. He reportedly opened a steel case used by her boyfriend as a toolbox where he made a gruesome discovery of his sister stuffed inside the case, half naked with bruises all over. The motive behind the killing is still unknown at this stage and a case of murder has been opened for investigation. The police are currently requesting Thabiso Goliath Masehla to come forward, whom it is believed may assist in the investigation. Anyone with information on Masehla’s whereabouts is urged to contact Lieutenant Colonel Sunnyboy Modisha at 082 470 3329 or 082 923 1974/082 922 9831, alternatively, the SAPS Crime Stop Number 08600 10111 may be called.
Man arrested for possession and storage of unlicensed firearms and ammunition
A 43-year-old man has been arrested at a farm in the outskirts of Nelspruit for the possession of a plethora of unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as the storage thereof. The suspect’s arrest came after police received information about an assortment of firearms, totalling 121, as well as ammunition at his place of residence on the farm in Uitkyk. When police arrived a t the identified place, they discovered a big container that was used to store the firearms. The suspect will appear at the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, facing the above-mentioned charges. The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, praised the cooperation between the police and the community that led to the discovery of these firearms and ammunition.
Woman appeared for assault of 13-year-old child
A 35-year-old woman, Matshidiso Mtsweni, who allegedly assaulted a 13-year-old boy, was arrested and appeared at the Ogies Magistrate’s Court on 18 September.
The arrest came as a result of a video clip circulating on social media and went viral. In the video, a woman is clearly seen assaulting the victim at Phola, near Ogies, on Sunday, 15 September. Information at police disposal suggested that the woman’s anger may have been caused by the victim having had a quarrel with her child. The woman reportedly tied the victim’s hands and legs with a rope against a pole at the veranda of a shack in her yard. She assaulted him using a wooden stick and thereafter, called her child as well as six other children aged between 10 and 15, who were playing soccer nearby to come and join in the assault until the victim broke his right hand. On Tuesday, 17 September, the suspect was handed over to the police by a group of women belonging to a community movement structure in the area who apparently conducted a civilian’s arrest.
During the appearance in court, Mtsweni was granted R500 bail with the matter postponed to 8 October pending further investigation. She’s facing a charge of assault with an intention to cause serious bodily harm.
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has applauded the women for working with the police in the fight against crime and not taking the law into their own hands.
Four life terms for mother who killed her four children
On 20 September the Mpumalanga High Court sitting in Middelburg sentenced Zinhle Leshmee Maditla to four terms of life imprisonment for the murder of her four biological children – two girls, aged four and eight and two boys, aged seven years and eleven months in the Klarinet area in Witbank.
In her plea statement Maditla told the court that in December 2018, she poisoned herself and her children with rat poison in an attempt to commit suicide. She further laced her breast to breastfeed the eleven-month-old baby after she discovered that the father of two of her children was cheating on her.
Maditla handed herself to the police after the decomposed bodies of her children were found by the neighbours and relatives.
In aggravation of the sentence, Senior State Advocate, Ntsika Mpolweni, presented to court that Maditla had time to think about her actions. Instead she did nothing to seek help after the victims showed complications. Mpolweni said that those complications were an indication that Maditla intended to kill them and therefore a prescribed minimum sentence must be imposed.
The presiding officer, Judge Sheila Mphahlele, remarked that the accused had been convicted of serious offences and found no reason for the court to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence.
She said that the victims were killed by their own mother who had to nurture, care, protect and provide for them. She went on to say that the innocent children were victims of her battles with their father.
“They trusted her like any child could have trusted the mother. When they were hungry, they believed she would provide for them. She intentionally gave them food that was contaminated with the intention to kill them,” said Judge Mphahlele.
She sentenced Maditla to life imprisonment on each count of murder.
The NPA is satisfied with the sentence imposed hoping that it will serve as a deterrent to those who are planning to commit similar crimes.
Man, who allegedly stashed body of a woman in steel case, arrested
Police in Mpumalanga made an appeal to the community to assist them in looking for a suspect who murdered a 32-year-old woman at Moloto Block 4, KwaMhlanga and fled the scene. However, the suspect’s freedom was short lived.
The police were informed that the woman was last seen by her family members on Sunday, 15 September. The following day the family became suspicious when she still did not show up as she was supposed to prepare her two daughters for school. It is alleged that the children had asked the whereabouts of their mother from the boyfriend who was last seen with her and he alleged that she went to the clinic. He left while the search was being conducted around the area.
As the search progressed, information revealed that her younger brother went inside her bedroom after the boyfriend had left and searched everywhere. He reportedly opened a steel case used by her boyfriend as a toolbox where he made a gruesome discovery of his sister’s body stuffed inside the case, half naked with bruises all over.
The motive behind the killing is still unknown at this stage and a case of murder was opened for investigation. The police made an appeal to the community to assist them with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect. There was a team which was put in place by the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, in line with the 72 Hour Activation Plan to probe this matter. General Zuma is pleased to announce that the suspect has been sniffed out from his hiding place at Ga-Masemola in an area called Makhutsho in Limpopo. The 32-year-old suspect was found at his homestead and was arrested. At this stage, the police are still busy with further investigations on this matter as it also surfaced that after the murder, he allegedly committed a house robbery to get money to flee the area. Further investigations have also uncovered that there are also other cases ranging from murder and rape that he allegedly committed in Limpopo.
General Zuma also extended his warm words of appreciation to the community for working in collaboration with the police that led to the suspect being brought to book. “Working very closely with the community and the police is the way to go in the fight against crime,” said General Zuma. He also congratulated the astute team for working selflessly making sure that the villain was brought to book.
The suspect is expected to appear before the Kwamhlanga Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 23 September, facing murder as well as house robbery. However, he is also expected to be transited to Limpopo to face his atrocious acts he allegedly committed there.