Provincial commissioner warns members not to take law into their own hands
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, hereby warns members of the community not to take law into their own hands. The warning by General Zuma came after members of the community at Anthol Trust, near Hazyview, set alight two huts belonging to two men who are suspected of have amputated a 13-year-old boy’s leg with a panga. It is alleged that police received information of a child whose leg had been cut off by two men. They immediately rushed to the scene and found the boy’s leg amputated. The community members proceeded to the place where the alleged suspects reside and set alight two huts.
No one had been arrested as yet, police are investigating a case of arson as well as an attempted murder case. Anyone with information is urged to contact Captain France Mhlongo on 072 624 5133 or the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111.
Child rapist sentenced to life imprisonment
On Thursday, 24 October, the KwaMhlanga Regional Court sentenced Khekhi William Baloyi (41) to life imprisonment after convicting him for the rape of a 7-year-old girl he committed three years ago.
The court heard that on 7 August 2016, the victim went to play with the accused’s son when he called her to the room. The accused told her to undress her skirt, he closed her mouth with tape and forcefully raped her. He gave her R5 and a packet of chips.
The victim immediately informed her mother about the ordeal, who alerted the police. During the trial, the accused pleaded not guilty and, in his defence, alleged that the victim was playing with his son and other kids all the time. Regional Court Prosecutor Bianca Harmse led evidence of the victim who told the court that she sustained injuries when the accused raped her and that of the victim’s mother who reported the incident to the police. The state further led evidence of the investigating officer and the accused was positively linked to the crime through DNA. A medical report was also handed in.
Addressing the court for an appropriate sentence, Prosecutor Harmse, stated that the accused was convicted of a serious offence, an offence that is prevalent in the area KwaMhlanga and has shown no remorse for his actions. Baloyi was sentenced to life imprisonment. The court ordered that the name of the accused be entered into the National Sexual Offences Register. He was found unfit to possess a firearm and was declared unfit to work with children.
The NPA applauds the good work done by the team in addressing the scourge of sexual violence in our society.
Two people killed suspects sought
Police in Mpumalanga are looking for suspects who killed two people at Marloth Park near Komatipoort.
It is alleged that on 30 October at about 15:00, a family of four were in their house at Marloth Park when two suspects approached. They demanded work to which the family said there was none at the moment that they could offer. Suddenly more men appeared, with one of them wielding a firearm.
The suspects tied the victims up and covered their mouths with cloths. They took some valuable items and fled the scene. Two victims, the owner of the house and a female visitor, later suffocated to death as a result of gagging while the other two, the wife and daughter, survived.
Police opened two counts of murder and hereby urges anyone with information that may assist in tracing the suspects to contact Sergeant Vusi Moses Thobela on 082 449 0242 or the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111. In a separate incident, a 44-year-old woman was butchered with a machete (panga) at the De Harp Inyoni Farm in Komatipoort.
It is alleged that on 30 October a 35-year-old man was arrested for brutally killing the mother of his ex-girlfriend. The deceased was found with wounds and her left arm chopped off. Upon arrival (of police) at the suspect’s place, they found him with a panga believed to be the murder weapon. He was arrested and will appear at the Komatipoort Magistrate’s Court on 1 November.
Vehicle recovered with suspected explosive items, suspects sought
On Sunday, 3 November, at approximately 23:22, police received information regarding a suspected stolen silver SUV with a Mpumalanga registration number plate.
It is alleged that the motor vehicle was stolen in the area of Brondel near White River at gun point and police received a notification on their technical devices. The police wasted no time but immediately began to trace the vehicle.
Police followed leads to various areas where the vehicle was travelling, including Kabokweni and Masoyi near White River.
Later the vehicle was found left abondoned by suspects in a place called Chweni in Masoyi near White River. By the time the police arrived at the place where the vehicle was, suspects had already fled the scene
On inspection of the vehicle, police found what was suspected to be explosive items and the bomb squad was summoned to the scene to assist. The Forensic Team also visited the scene.
The police calls on anyone with information that can assist in apprehending the suspects of this crime but not to confront these suspects on their own as this might put their lives in danger, however members of the community can call police on 10111.