Nine suspects have been arrested following GBV incidents of murder that took place at Rebone RDP Section in Limpopo. The police in Gilead were alerted about a mob justice incident in the said area. On their arrival at the scene, they found a middle-aged woman lying in the yard having been severely assaulted.

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Police were further directed to another male victim who was lying on the floor unconscious inside the house. The medical personnel were then summoned and certified both victims dead on the scene. The victims were identified as John Mojela aged 28 and Grace Mongatane aged 52.

Police opened two counts of murder and immediately commenced with preliminary investigations which revealed that the 28-year-old male victim residing at the nearby village of Tauatswala, had visited his girlfriend when they allegedly got into an altercation. The mother intervened and in the process, they both attacked the boyfriend and strangled him.


Subsequent to the murder, an angry mob gathered at the said house and started attacking both mother and daughter and also burnt the house. The girlfriend and her siblings managed to escape but her mother was dragged to the back of the house where she was assaulted with stones and various objects. The suspects then fled the scene.

A Team comprising various police units from the Waterberg District was immediately assembled and the suspects were arrested on the same day.

The eight suspects aged between 23 and 78 were arrested for the revenge murder of Grace Mongatane. Her daughter was arrested for the murder of John Mojela.

The eight are expected to appear in the Gilead periodical court on Monday, 24 January 2022. They face charges of murder and arson, respectively. The 23-year-old suspect who was charged with the murder of her boyfriend, will also appear in the same court.

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