Limpopo man in court for teen girl’s kidnapping and murder

A 21-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and murdering a 16-year-old girl at Mavalani village, outside Giyani, on Christmas Day, has recently appeared in court.

Spokesperson, Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the man appeared briefly before the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old was arrested after the body of the deceased was found dumped in the Nsami River on the 29th of December last year. The body was positively identified by family members last week.

“The child was reported missing on the 29th of December, last year. Preliminary police investigations revealed that the deceased, identified as Matimu Xolani Timbane, was last seen in the company of the suspect on 25 December 2020, under circumstances that bordered on kidnapping,” said Ngoepe.

“The search operation for both the suspect and the 16-year-old girl commenced. The suspect was then traced by the police and arrested in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province on 5 January 2021 after the family positively identified the deceased.”

Ngoepe said police investigations are still continuing.

Earlier this month, a 32-year-old Limpopo man was arrested in connection with the murder of his 53-year-old wife. The deceased’s body was found buried in a shallow grave inside their shack at Nwadzekudzeku village in the Giyani policing area.

Limpopo SAPS spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said during that time, the couple were reportedly living together in the area. Residents apparently became curious when they noticed that there were no movements in the yard for the entire day and the couple had been heard arguing he previous night.

“On Thursday morning (January 7), they then decided to check what was going on and, on entering the premises, traces of bloodstains were allegedly seen through the window of the house. Some of community members were met by (an) unpleasant smell coming from a shack that has been erected in front of the house. They then decided to forcefully open the door of the shack after their calls went unanswered and discovered the shallow grave,” said Mojapelo.

He said the police were then called to the scene and the body of a 53-year-old woman was exhumed from the shallow grave that had been dug inside the shack. The husband was arrested after a manhunt was launched.

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