PALAPYE: Two young men, aged 19 and 20, were remanded in police custody last Friday on suspicion of killing a Zimbabwean male aged 30-years whose corpse was found buried near in Mahalapye.
The suspects were allegedly engaged by the deceased as helpers at his piece- job where they were fitting tiles. According to Mahalapye Police investigations, the piece-work was allegedly concluded on November 24, the day the deceased allegedly met his fate.
Superintendent Isaac Mamadi of Mahalapye Police said the two suspects allegedly took the car belonging to the deceased and used it on their trips to the cattle post around Mahalapye. He said the car led the police to the arrest of the duo. The matter was reported last Thursday by a woman who stayed with the deceased who was worried by his mysterious disappearance.
The two suspects led the police to a river between Mahalapye and Mokotswane villages where the body of the deceased was exhumed.
“Our investigations are still ongoing, but from what we gather is, issues arose after payment when the deceased gave the suspects half the amount he had promised them because he was not fully paid,” Mamadi said.
“The deceased’s body was decomposed when it was exhumed and there were signs of wounds and cuts on the head.” In another murder case under investigation in Mahalapye, that happened at Parwe ward on Saturday, a 24-year-old woman was found dead on her bed. Mamadi said the deceased had cuts that made the police suspect a sharp object was used to kill her.
Mamadi said no one has been arrested on the matter, but they were still on the manhunt of a suspect after they received a tip-off.
In Letlhakane, the police reported three cases of rape in the past weekend to make 10 such cases reported in the same village in less than two weeks’ time. In one of the three cases, a 14-year-old boy raped a nine-year-old girl.
According to Superintendent Michael Maphephu, the incident happened on Sunday afternoon while the parents were away. The two children have been taken for counselling. In other incidents, two women aged 25 and 28-years-old respectively, were abused at odd hours of the night after a drinking spree.