A 35-year-old security guard who was on the run after allegedly shooting six family members, killing two, at Makgophong Village in Limpopo has been arrested.

According to reports, the suspect and his wife had marital problems which remained unsolved. He then resorted to shooting her, their child as well as her sister and cousin. The horrific incident took place while these family members were in a motor vehicle about to leave Makgophong village, on 19 August at around 19:00.

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Unfortunately, the wife’s cousin and sister succumbed to the injuries while she and a one-year-old child remained in critical condition.

The two deceased were then identified as Reneilwe Phogole aged 39 [cousin] and Adelaide Mapulane aged 29 [sister].

It is alleged that on that fateful day, the couple residing in the same village met to try to resolve their issues but later on, the suspect attacked the family.

In the early hours of 14 September 2023, members of the Provincial Tracking Team, Provincial Murder and Robbery, and Magatle Detectives jointly with Private Securities and Farm Watch conducted an Intelligence-led operation following leads.


The suspect was traced at Santeng village in Hoedspruit outside Sekororo. When the Police arrived, he allegedly shot himself trying to commit suicide but the Police managed to disarm him. He was quickly transported to the local hospital for medical assistance. He is now discharged and detained in custody.

Limpopo Commissioner of Police Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has hailed the operational team.

“We really commend the members for arresting the suspect, which brings us closer to justice for the victims. Let’s continue to open up when experiencing marital issues by consulting with professionals for help,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The suspect will appear before the Magatle Magistrate’s Court soon. They are facing charges of two counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder.