A 17-year-old was arrested on Tuesday,10 October 2023 in Ladanna outside Polokwane for the murder of a male bolt metered taxi driver. The driver’s lifeless body was found in the Westernburg area on Monday, 9 October 2023.

The arrest follows an operation by members of the SAPS Polokwane Crime Intelligence Unit in collaboration with the Westernburg Detectives. The hijacked motor vehicle was found abandoned in the Park at Ladine, Limpopo.

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Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects had requested to be ferried by a bolt-metered taxi. Along the way, they stabbed the driver to death and burned and dumped the body on a newly developed site near the Place of Safety Shelter in Westenburg.

The Police have through investigations managed to identify the deceased and the family will be notified soon.


Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has also lauded the swift arrest.

“One of the arrested suspects in this horrendous crime was found to be a minor which is very disturbing that our children are now involved in such criminal activities. The Police’ must be relentless in tracing the remaining suspects so that Justice will be served,” concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.

Police are hard on the heels of the other two male suspects. Anyone with information that can assist in arresting the remaining suspects should come forward by contacting the Investigating Officer Sergeant Braidon Pheme at 067 093 9828. Alternatively, report to the nearest Police Station or Crime Stop at 08600 10111 or share information anonymously on MySAPSApp.

The minor suspect is expected to appear before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court in due course. This also follows the completion of the Diversion Program with the Probation Officer.