The three suspects arrested in this matter, Peter Tshiodze aged 34, Matome Godfrey Motolla aged 36 and Mmbofbeni Steven Shirindan aged 47, have today on Monday 15 March 2021, appeared before the Bolobedu Magistrate’s Court, following the brutal killing of a young couple on the 06 October 2020 at Ga-Rapitsi village in the Bolobedu Policing area outside Tzaneen.
They were all denied bail and they will appear again the on 19 March 2021 for bail application and for further police investigations, facing charges of house breaking with intent to commit two counts of murder, rape and robbery.
Allegedly, the couple, Lucia Malapane aged 18 and Nius Malatjie aged 21 was found dead in their house at Ga-Rapitsi village, Itireleng Section by their neighbour, who was said to be the employer of one of the deceased (Malatjie). The businessman, aged 47, had apparently gone to the house to find out why his employee did not report for work that morning when he made the gruesome discovery. The couple’s 12 month old baby was found sitting next to the bodies.
The matter was reported to the Police and on arrival at the scene, the deceased were found with gruesome injuries.The initial investigations were then immediately activated.
These murders sparked widespread violent protests by community members in the area, after they accused the said businessman of being responsible for the brutal murder of the young couple.
The angry mob from this village went on the rampage, torching the businessman’s shop and one motor vehicle. They proceeded to his house, burnt it and in the process, killed some livestock including chickens, goats and pigs. The suspects then fled the scene and no arrests were made so far.
An intensive police investigations continued until the three suspects were arrested yesterday. The suspects were found in possession of some items belonging to the deceased.