Police in Mphephu, Nzhelele are investigating the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl, Mutshidzi Muthadzwi who was last seen at Rabali, Zone 4 Section in Limpopo on 19 August 2022.

The victim was reportedly last seen by her grandmother when she left to attend school at Matanda primary school. But she never returned and has since disappeared.

POLICE INVESTIGATE DISAPPEARANCE OF 13-YEAR-OLD

Police made efforts to locate the victim at friends and relatives but all in vain. She was last seen wearing a school uniform.

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Anyone with information that can help to find the missing girl should contact the investigating officer Lieutenant Colonel Dzangana Mphephu on 0825657729. Crime stop number 0860010111 or nearest police station or My SAPSApp.

A child goes missing every five hours in South Africa, according to figures released by the South African Police Service Missing Persons Bureau for 2013.

Missing Children South Africa’s statistic indicates that 77% of children are found. Sadly, this still leaves us with at least 23% of the children being either never found, trafficked or found deceased.

Children are also the most vulnerable victims of gender-based violence. The reality is shocking and undeniable and we can no longer be innocent bystanders to this fact.

The accused Avhatakali Isaac Mudau (36) and Wisani Baloyi(36), appeared in Malamulele Magistrates’ Court, Limpopo for bail application of the murder for the Mayor of Collins Chabane Municipality, Councilor Moses Maluleka (56).

They are charged with robbery with aggravating circumstances, conspiracy to commit murder, murder, attempted murder, and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The proceedings were remanded for a further bail hearing for the legal representative of Mudau to rectify the defective affidavit.

Murder case for Collins Chabane Mayor adjourned for further bail hearing
ANC Limpopo leaders visit the family

BAIL APPLICATION FOR COLLINS CHABANE MAYOR

Initially, only two suspects were arrested and appeared in court, they abandoned their bail applications. Their matter is postponed to 19 September 2022, for further investigations.

MALAMULELE COMMUNITY SHOCKED

The incident took place in Xikundu Village, on 21 July 2022. It is alleged that the accused gained access to the premises of the deceased, in the evening and shot him. The incident happened while the deceased was with his 18-year-old son.

The matter is rolled over to 26 August 2022, and both accused will remain in custody.

The Limpopo Thohoyandou High Court has convicted and sentenced serial rapist Ndivhuwo Tshisikhawe (29), to eight life sentences and 100 years imprisonment. This is for two counts of housebreaking with intent to rape, three counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances. Three counts of kidnapping, and eight counts of rape including raping a minor girl aged 13.

The court heard that between March 2015 and July 2017, the accused was terrorising: Lwamondo, Duthuni, Tshisaulu and Mvelaphanda villages in Vhembe.

LIMPOPO SERIAL RAPIST

He would enter the homestead of the victims, threaten the victims with a knife, and rob them of money amounting to R1400, bank cards and cell phones.

After the arrest, Tshisikhawe escaped from lawful custody on 19 July 2017 and was arrested after three weeks in Makhado. The accused pleaded not guilty to the offences, and he further told the court that he has nothing to say.

JUDGES CONDEMD ACTS

During the aggravation of the sentence, state Adv. Nduvheni Mulangaphuma told the court that Tshisikhawe is a heartless person, who was raping young women and minor children. He further argued that the offences are prevalent in these jurisdictions. He concluded by pleading with the court to impose a life sentence.

During sentencing, Judge Nare Frans Kgomo said, the accused showed that he is heartless, and has no respect for women. He further said, the court is duty bound to protect women and children sending a clear message. This type of offence cannot be tolerated and that the accused should be punished for these horrible deeds. The court will also show no mercy.

The Limpopo Polokwane High Court has sentenced Jeffrey Muronga (29), to effective 25 years imprisonment, for charges: rape, murder, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.

Muronga, pleaded guilty, was convicted, and sentenced as charged. In his plea agreement, the accused stated that on 17 November 2020, in Vingerkraal, Bela-Bela, he met the deceased, Melania Ruben (a 3-year-old girl), playing with other children, and he requested her to follow him to his homestead.

He asked the deceased to wait for him outside while he was bathing. Then asked her to come inside the house. The culprit then requested her to sit on top of the bed, while he went to the kitchen to take a knife. He approached the deceased and stabbed her once in the neck and she bleed profusely. The accused further admits raping the deceased and hitting the deceased with an axe on the forehead and she died instantly.

25 YEARS IMPRISONMENT

He wrapped her lifeless body with a duvet and placed it inside a bag and where the body was dumped nearby a dumping site.

Later, the accused fled to a farm Dooring Lagter and remained there for five days.

He went back to Fera Care Wildlife, where he was working. His employer asked his colleagues to lock him inside a container and called the police.

PLEADS FOR FORGIVENESS

The accused concluded his plea, by admitting that the child died because of his action. He further pleaded with the court, the deceased’s family, and the community to forgive him.

During sentencing, Judge Francis Maake Kganyago, remarks that the deceased was just a small innocent child. He died a very painful death at the hands of the accused, and the murder was callous and senseless. Judge Kganyago sentenced Jeffrey to an effective 25 years imprisonment and the sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

Ngoanametwa Gibson Thobakgale (40) was convicted for swindling unsuspecting tender bidder in Polokwane.

Thobakgale was a local taxi driver in 2018, instead of earning his salary from transporting the commuters. He grew greedy and swindled an unsuspecting victim.

The victim had applied for a tender that was advertised by the Department of Education to provide security services at the schools around Limpopo province. He received a call from someone who claimed to be an official from Department of Education. They demanding R200 000-00 gratification in order to award a tender.

Accused convicted for swindling department of education tender bidder
Convicted for swindling department of education tender bidder

SWINDLING TENDER BIDDER 

After verifying with the department that there was no such person working with them the victim immediately notified the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation members, subsequently an undercover operation was conducted.

Thobakgale was arrested in Polokwane at Sasol garage near N1 North. This is immediately after receiving R10 000-00 of the R200 000-00 he had demanded.

BACK IN COURT

The accused was out on bail until he was convicted for fraud by the Polokwane Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on 23 August 2022. Thobakgale is expected back in court on 31 October 2022.

The 2022 Limpopo Tourism Month launch took place today, Tuesday, 23 August at Kalahari Waterfront at the Nandoni Budeli area in the Vhembe District hosted by LT Agency.

The launch is also the first after the regulations of COVID 19 were relaxed.

The theme for World Tourism Day 2022 as provided by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is ‘Rethinking Tourism’. This is customized to South Africa as “Rethinking tourism success for sustainable growth”.

Limpopo Tourism Month officially launched by Agency
Limpopo Tourism Month officially launched

LIMPOPO TOURISM MONTH 

“This year’s theme is also aimed at inspiring insightful discussions within the tourism industry. To rethink the way we are also doing business. It’s development and identifying sustainable opportunities for future growth” said Mr. Sello Maleka Acting CEO for Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA).

World Tourism Day, is also celebrated each year on 27 September. It is the global observance day fostering awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political, and economic value. The contribution that the sector can make towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. In South Africa, this is a month-long celebration aimed at highlighting the importance of the sector to the South African economy. Encourage domestic tourism in line with the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan.

AGENCY HOST GLOBAL EVENT

Now that the tourism industry is fully open and functional, it is now time for the sector to do the most important things that we could not have done in the previous two years. Its now time to also rebuild, rebrand and recover as the tourism sector in the province and country.

In support of the global theme and in celebration of this important period in our sectors, as a destination we will rally all tourism stakeholder, citizens, and potential tourists to visit and celebrate with us using key industry events and activations. Also working closely with all tourism stakeholder. The province has come up with a comprehensive calendar of events which help popularize the theme and raise awareness on the key subjects.

A 23-year-old man will today appear in Nebo magistrate court, Limpopo after he was arrested for allegedly killing a 17-year-old girl believed to be his girlfriend on Saturday night, 20 August 2022 at about 19:00.

The information received by the Police suggests that the suspect was walking with the victim at Kome village under Nebo policing area when she allegedly received a call. The suspect then accused her of cheating on him and he then stoned her to death.

Man appears in court for allegedly murdering his 17-year-old girlfriend

MAN IN COURT

The police were called and on arrival at the scene, the victim was found lying with fatal injuries. She was identified as Promise Tjatji.

The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit took over the case for further investigations. The suspect will face a charge of murder.

A woman from Makgaung Village in Ga-Sekororo under Maruleng Municipality was arrested after she allegedly cut off her husband’s private parts with scissors, the Tzaneen Voice reported.

According to the publication, one community member told Tzaneen voice that the incident happened on Friday, August 12 in the evening at approximately 23:00

WOMAN CUTS PRIVATE PARTS

“When the community arrived, the man was bleeding extensively from a penetrating wound” she said

Woman cuts off husband private parts
Woman cuts off husband private parts

Ambulance service arrived shortly thereafter and stabilised the critically injured male before transporting him to hospital. He succumbed to his injuries later that evening.

HEATED ARGUMENT

It is alleged that the couple were involved in a heated argument before they go to sleep. Thereafter the woman sliced his private parts with a scissor while he was sleeping.

A woman has reportedly arrested and appeared in Maake Magistrate court accused of murder. Her case has been remanded for further investigation.

Police in Giyani, Mopani have launched a search operation for the missing 40-year-old mentally challenged man, Andries Mashava residing at Ngove village who is reported missing on Friday 5 August 2022.

The victim allegedly left home to go to work but he never returned home.

Giyani mentally challenged man gone missing
Giyani Limpopo

MISSING GIYANI MAN

He was last seen wearing a brown trouser, black T-shirt with a black jersey during his disappearance.

Attempts to locate the victim through searching at surrounding areas proofed fruitless

Anyone with information that can help to reunite the victim with his family should contact Captain Mchavi on 0827290343. Crime Stop number or nearest police station or My SAPSApp.

It was a joyous celebration at Greenside Primary, outside Polokwane on Monday when the school welcomed home Matsobane Maeta (12) who recently played in the Baseball World Cup.

Maeta was one of the players in the South African U/12 Baseball World Cup.

According to the Greenside Primary School principal, Dr Tshebedi Morifi, the school is so grateful for Matsobane Maeta after he represented the school globally in the Baseball World Cup U/12.

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“We have learned that there is nothing possible in life. Where there is a wheel there is a way. Our background didn’t defy who we are and what we should become. We can always go beyond our background. We are so proud of our boy and hope that he will continue to make us proud. I believe that he will continue working hard because he doesn’t know when he is going to get his breakthrough,” said Morifi.

Greenside primary honour one of their own
Greenside primary Leaners

JUBILATIONS AT GREENSIDE PRIMARY SCHOOL 


Matsobane Maeta who played for Greenside Eagles Baseball Team said the team played well but unfortunately, they didn’t win any games.

“It was hard because we were in an environment that we are not used to. Most of the players we were competing with were taller than us. It gave them the advantage to beat us. Staying three weeks in Taiwan makes me realize that this is the country that the athletes need to visit so that we could be familiar with their environment. During my stay in Taiwan, it was hard because I was missing my family all the time,” said Maeta.

Matsobane Maeta welcomed
Matsobane Maeta welcomed

Pietersburg Educational Circuit, assistant director, Tladi Nthara, this is one of its kind celebrations.

“It is the first time we are celebrating or congratulating an athlete that represented the country abroad. Especially in the sport. Previously we would have learners who are representing the circuit or their schools in exchange programs as well as debate, competition and collaboration with other departments. This time it was one of its kind. A sporting child is a disciplined child and we believe that in each and every child there is a talent. Once that talent has been identified we want them to continue with it, and get support either from schools and communities as well as their parents need to support them,” said Nthara.