Another TVET student murdered

LEPHALALE — Lephalale TVET student, the 27-year-old Tshidi Mocheko, was found dead in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds in a house in Onverwacht on Monday morning 10 February.

According to Police, she was allegedly murdered in a yard that belongs to the sister of the murder suspect. She (the sister) made the gruesome discovery and reported the matter to Police.

Initially, after the alleged murder, Limpopo SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, stated that the 36-year-old suspect had fled, and that Police were looking for him. He was however arrested by a member of the K9 Unit in Marapong later Monday evening and the Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, commended members of SAPS for the swift arrest.

Mocheko was from Seleka, and it is said that she had been in a relationship with the suspect previously.

Tshidi’s alleged murder comes at a time South Africa is going through a serious challenge of gender-based violence and perpetrators being either current or former partners of the victims.

On 20 January 2020, the 28-year-old Betty Ngoepe was allegedly killed in Manamela Park, Marapong, by her 30-year-old boyfriend Innocent Hlako. He too, according to Police, fled after fatally assaulting Ngoepe. He was later arrested.

On 2 January 2020, Seleka -based nurse, Ntjie Mojapelo, was found dead in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds. The body of her Social Worker boyfriend, Dakalo Muruba, who was also based at Seleka Clinic, was found hanging from the rafters of a house at Motlhasedi V0illage near Seleka.

At the time of going for print, the suspect in Tshidi’s murder was still being profiled to determine his possible involvement in other serious crimes and he was to appear in Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 12 February 2020 at 09:00.

The MEC for Transport and Community Safety in Limpopo, Hon Namane Dickson Masemola, announced that he plans to undertake a visit to the area and he would also attend the court appearance.

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