Four men were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Mahwelereng Regional court, outside Mokopane in Limpopo on 03 November 2022 for the murder of a 22-year-old man, Peter Keetsi in Mahwelereng.

The trial court found that the accused. Khulekani Dube 24, Saviors Mbedzi 23, Vusi Ncube 21, and Agreement Tlou 24, had on 31 August 2019, met the victim at about 00h30. They allegedly stabbed him several times. He was walking from the local tavern in Pholar Park.

The victim was taken to Mokopane Hospital and he later succumbed to the injuries.

The Case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) was initially opened. But was later changed to murder after the victim succumbed to the injury in the hospital. Detective Sergeant David Hlengane Matjeke attached to Mahwelereng Detectives was assigned to investigate the case. The suspects, all from Zimbabwe were tracked down and arrested on a farm in Lephalale the following month.


An additional charge of Contravention of the Immigration Act was added after it was revealed that the suspects were in the country illegally.

The four accused made several court appearances before being convicted and sentenced. All the accused each got life imprisonment for murder and two years imprisonment for Contravention of the Immigration Act or a fine of R5 000.00.


The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended the investigating team.

“The harsh sentences are all thanks to the efforts and professionalism displayed during the investigation and presentation of evidence before court by the investigating officer Detective Sergeant David Hlengane Matjeke,” Said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The rate of crime in Mokopane is 73.05 per 1,000 residents during 2021. In Mokopane, you have a 1 in 14 chance of becoming a victim of crime. The number of contact crimes in Mokopane has decreased by 44%. The property crime rate in Mokopane has decreased by 69% year over year.