A 49-year-old school principal has been arrested in connection with the murder case of Limpopo Department of Education Dr Malekutu Johannes Mehlape [56]. Mehlape was shot dead while in his house at Mankweng Zone1, on 28 December 2023.

The principal was arrested at Moremadi Park after the warrant of arrest was issued.

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He was nabbed with another male suspect aged 42 by the Police investigators and Private Security Sector. This follows positive leads which resulted in the arrest of a 42-year-old man, who was found in his hiding spot at Mahwelereng Zone 1. He was found in possession of ammunition and a 9mm firearm with a grinded serial number.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the recovered firearm was utilized during the murder of Dr Mehlape at Mankweng Zone 1.

Principal arrested for murder Department of Education official Dr Malekutu Johannes Mehlape
Dr Malekutu Johannes Mehlape and his daughter


On Thursday, 25 January 2024, the two suspects will appear before Mankweng Magistrate’s Court, alongside their three accomplices, Hlolofelo Mogotlane [33], Tshepo Ranoto [34] and Mologadi Mehlape [28]. They are facing charges of murder, and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition for formal bail application.
In the past weeks, the three suspects were arrested separately in Mankweng and Zebediela by a team of investigators. This includes the provincial tracking team, provincial murder and robbery members, as well as private security companies.

During the arrest, a double cab Ford Ranger, which was allegedly used to commit the crime, was confiscated.

According to information received, the deceased’s daughter was ambushed when she returned from a function and forced inside the house. The suspects demanded to know the whereabouts of Mehlape and robbed one of two people they had rounded up inside.

The armed suspects then combed the house and found Mehlape. They allegedly demanded cash, and after he gave them, they shot him and fled the scene.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo SAPS Major General Jan Scheepers praised the arresting team for working relentlessly as they arrested more suspects linked to this murder case.