Potchefstroom: In a bid to bring down the levels of contact and trio crimes, four suspects will re-appear before the courts next week for separate incidents of murder and house robbery.
In the first case, Piet Pholoholo, 27, Jonas Moabi, 27 and Motsheke Moroke, 22, will re- appear in the Atamelang Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 8 August 2018, for the alleged murder of 39-year-old Pule Hendrick Matsheng.
The accused's court appearance follows an incident in which they overpowered Matsheng who was a shepherd, while warming himself inside a house at a cattle post in Vrichgewaagde Village. The accused allegedly strangled Matsheng and threw his body into a reservoir before stealing the goats that were in the kraal. Matsheng's body was discovered inside the reservoir on Monday, 30 July 2018, by a family member.
Through excellent detective work, the suspects were apprehended just after midnight on Wednesday morning, 1 August 2018. The suspects made their first court appearance on the same day.
In another unrelated incident, Goitsemodimo Lawrence Molete, 22, appeared in the Sannieshof Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 2 August 2018, for house robbery allegedly committed in Agisanang Location, Sannieshof.
According to information available at this stage, reports suggest that a 55-year-old woman and her mother were inside a house on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 at about 21:30 when they heard strange noises. They were suddenly confronted by the accused inside their house, who threatened them with a knife. During the confrontation, the accused allegedly stabbed the 55-year-old woman with a scissor. The accused then allegedly took the victims' car key and went to start it. The woman managed to escape and called for help. Members of the community responded quickly and confronted the suspect who fled the scene with cash and cellphones. The incident was reported to the police who traced and arrested later the same night. He will remain in custody until his next court appearance on 16 August 2018.
The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane expressed her appreciation for a sterling job done by all police members involved in the two cases. She also thanked members of community for their cooperation.
Source: South African Police Service