Three suspects, aged between 37 and 44 from Mavhunga RDP Nzhelele, Vhembe District (Limpopo) were remanded in custody when they appeared before Mphepu Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 30 August 2023.
Their case was remanded to 18 September 2013 for bail application and further police investigation.
The suspects were arrested for kidnapping and murder of an 8-year-old girl. The girl was kidnapped and murdered after she was sent to a local Spaza Shop by her mother on August 5, 2023.
According to the police, the girl never returned home and her family began searching for her until the mother opened a missing person case, and the investigation took place.
On August 20, 2023, the mother allegedly received a message from an unknown person, and when she tried to contact the number, it wasn’t going through, and the matter was reported to the police.
“The police were able to locate the originator of the message who cooperated in providing information about the missing child. The arrest of three suspects on different dates was made after the originator of the message gave a statement that helped the police.
“The first suspect was arrested on Wednesday, August 23, 2023. The second suspect was arrested on Friday, August 25, 2023, and the third suspect was arrested on Monday, August 28, 2023.
“After a third suspect was arrested it came to light that he is a close family member of the child.
“Police investigations are still ongoing”, added Colonel Malesela Ledwaba.
Source: Giyani View