A 52-year-old man has been arrested along with his two accomplices for allegedly killing his wife. The accomplices are aged 40 and 48 while the deceased is aged 47. Her body was found in a pool of blood at her home in Onverwacht, Lephalale in June 2021.

The intelligence-driven probe established that the deceased’s husband allegedly hired two hitmen to killing his wife Sibongile Ditsela.


On the day in question, the suspect had come to the house to make arrangements to collect his daughter after school. After the domestic worker opened for him, he went straight to the bedroom where he found his wife lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds.

Police were also called to the scene and upon arrival, they found that the suspects broke the window to gain access to the bedroom without anyone inside the house noticing. The suspects also took the deceased’s cellphone and car keys. The deceased was also found strangled with a rope.

Husband arrested for killing his wife
Husband arrested for killing his wife

The first suspect was arrested on 7 October in Ga-Makanye village under Mankweng policing area. The deceased’s husband was also arrested on Sunday at his other house in Ga-Seleka village in Lephalale. The third was also arrested in the early hours of yesterday in Mankweng.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has lauded the investigating team for their excellent and intensive investigation. She thanked community members for the positive information that led to the arrest of the suspects.

Court appearances

Two of the suspects Petrus Sefara, (48), and Alias Kotswana Ditsela aged 52 (deceased husband) have appeared in the Lephalale Magistrate’s court. They made the appearances yesterday, 11 Tuesday, October 2022 on charges of murder and house robbery.

Their case was postponed to 14 October 2022 for a formal bail application. The third suspect is also expected to appear today, 12 October.