A 29-year-old Woman from Bolobedu, Limpopo has been arrested for fatally stabbing her 34-year-old boyfriend to death after an argument. The incident occurred at the boyfriend’s residence in the Sehlakong section of Mabosana village on Friday around 20:00.

According to police reports, the suspect contacted her boyfriend’s mother, disclosing that a heated argument had escalated with her son, culminating in the tragic stabbing with a knife.

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Upon the mother’s arrival at the victim’s residence, she discovered him bleeding in his bedroom, prompting her to alert emergency personnel. Upon arrival, they pronounced him dead at the scene.

A murder case has been opened. This led to the immediate arrest of the suspect on charges of murder.

A BOLOBEDU WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FATALLY STABBING HER BOYFRIEND ON FRIDAY

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, strongly condemned the violent incident. She urged couples facing domestic challenges to seek professional support rather than resorting to violence.

The suspect is scheduled to appear before the Kgapane Magistrate’s Court in due course to face charges of murder.

The Lulekani Regional Court in Mopani sentenced a 62-year-old father to life imprisonment for raping his stepdaughter.

On Saturday, 20 March 2021 at about 19:45, the victim’s mother left her daughter with her partner [the accused]while she and the other two boys went to deliver staff members to Namakgale.

When she returned home, her daughter [23] told her that her stepfather raped her. He was pretending to remove the chain, that they usually tie the victim as they alleged that she’s having a medical condition and raped her.

Lulekani Father gets life imprisonment for raping her stepdaughter
Lulekani Police Station sign

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The mother confronted the accused. He refused, saying that he did not rape the victim. The mother reported the incident to the police, and the accused was arrested the next day at about 06:10.

LULEKANI FATHER SENTENCED FOR RAPING HIS STEPDAUGHTER

The case was transferred to Phalaborwa FCS for further investigation, and Sergeant Julian Mathebula was assigned to investigate the case. He was on bail until he was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has welcomed the sentencing handed out by the court.

The Executive Mayor of Sekhukhune District, Minah Bahula on Thursday delivered a significant boost to the communities of Moteti and Ramaphosa section handing over two completed communal water boreholes.

The areas in Moutse specifically in Wards 01 and 02 of the Elias Motsoaledi Municipality received the boreholes as part of the ongoing efforts to address water scarcity in the district. These boreholes represent vital interim measures initiated by the leadership to alleviate water shortages and ensure access to clean water for residents. 

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The Municipality says 300 households will benefit directly from the intervention. It also marks a crucial step towards enhancing the quality of life within the affected communities.

“Each borehole, boasting a depth of 100 meters, is equipped with a solar-powered direct current pump. It iscapable of pumping up to 5200 litres per hour at maximum capacity,” said the Municipality. 

Sekhukhune District Mayor Minah Bahula hand over Water Boreholes to communities
Moteti and Ramaphosa section community members

“This sustainable infrastructure will provide a reliable source of water for daily needs, empowering residents with improved access to this essential resource.

“In addition to the borehole installations, the Executive Mayor has also overseen the official commencement of a new contract in another village Phucukani. In Ward 06, to further expand water access within the municipality,” they said. 

COMMUNAL WATER BOREHOLES FOR SEKHUKHUNE DISTRICT RESIDENTS 

“This commitment cements the dedication of the government to addressing long-standing challenges and ensuring the well-being of all residents.”

The Executive Mayor expresses gratitude to all stakeholders involved in making these initiatives possible. She reaffirmed the commitment to ongoing collaboration in pursuit of sustainable solutions to water scarcity.

“Together, with the support of the community, we will continue working towards a future where every individual has access to clean and reliable water. In the next few days, we will also be handing over contractors who will be drilling another badge of water boreholes to over 80 Magoši in Sekhukhune.”

Meanwhile, the Executive Mayor reportedly set to launch a program to unblock and provide technical support to revive blocked water boreholes across the district. 

An ambulance driver died on impact when the ambulance collided head-on with an SUV on the R81 near Lemondokop in Limpopo. The accident occurred on Saturday morning while the driver was carrying other patients.

The ambulance was from responding to an accident scene in Bellevue village.

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Both drivers involved in the collision lost their lives upon impact. The ambulance assistant, three patients on the ambulance and the three occupants of the SUV survived. All the survivors are currently receiving medical treatment at various hospitals.

SUV vehicle that collided with an ambulance in Lemondokop
SUV vehicle that collided with an ambulance

MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba is set to visit the Ambulance Assistant in the Hospital. She has expressed her sadness about the horrific accident. MEC Ramathuba says she is keen to personally extend her support and well-wishes to the courageous individual who is bravely battling through this difficult time.

CONDOLENCES AFTER AN AMBULANCE DRIVER DIED IN A HEAD-ON IN LEMONDOKOP

“The incident serves as a stark reminder of the risks and challenges faced by emergency responders and healthcare professionals in the line of duty,” said MEC Ramathuba.

“The Department of Health extends its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased. Reaffirms its commitment to supporting all those affected by this tragedy.

“MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba’s visit to the hospital is a gesture of solidarity and appreciation for the dedication and sacrifices made by ambulance emergency personnel across the province.”

Police in Limpopo have arrested seven suspects for cases of arson and malicious damage to property after community members set fire to a house in a land dispute at Wonderboom farm, Ga-Masemola. The incident occurred on Thursday, 28 March at about 11:00.

According to the information, a group of community members joined by some of the employees on the farm went to the area armed with various objects and cut the fence to gain access.

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They outrageously entered the premises and started destroying the property inside the house. Thereafter set the house and two shacks alight.

The female farm owner was not present at the time of the incident. But her 29-year-old daughter, who was next to the area, managed to escape unharmed. She alerted the local police and emergency services.

They swiftly responded and found the situation still volatile. Prompting the activation of police members from neighbouring stations.

LAND DISPUTE IN GA-MASEMOLA RESULT IN COMMUNITY MEMBERS SETTING A HOUSE ON FIRE

Seven suspects aged between 22 and 36 were arrested. The motive behind the incident is still subject to police investigation. However, it is suspected the violence was sparked by a land dispute.

The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has condemned the incident. She urged communities to address issues amicably and refrain from violent attacks. The suspects will appear before the Nebo Magistrate’s Court on 02 April 2024.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha has sent condolences to the families of the Mmamatlakala bus accident victims. The accident occurred on the Mmamatlakala Bridge, on the R518 road between Marken and Mokopane in the Waterberg District on 28 March 2024.

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The accident claimed the lives of 45 individuals, mostly worshippers. Only one person, an 8-year-old girl survived.

CONDOLENCES BY PREMIER STANLEY MATHABATHA FOLLOWING THE  MMAMATLAKALA BUS ACCIDENT

“It is with deep sorrow and heavy heart that the Premier of Limpopo Mr Chupu Stanley Mathabatha received the tragic news of the bus accident that occurred on the Mmamatlakala Bridge,” said the Premier’s office in a statement.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims.  Both in Botswana and South Africa, as they navigate through this unimaginable loss and grief.

“I extend my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to all those affected by this tragedy. May they find strength, comfort, and solace in this difficult time,” said Premier Mathabatha.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha send condolences to the Mmamatlakala bus accident
Mmamatlakala bus accident wreckage

The Premier has also urged all drivers to remain vigilant and exercise caution. Especially when navigating challenging road conditions.

“Let us prioritise safety and responsible driving practices to prevent such devastating accidents from occurring in the future. Limpopo’s scenic routes should be pathways of joy and connection, not sites of tragedy and loss,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Premier had dispatched the MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Ms Florence Radzilani, to the scene of the accident to conduct a thorough investigation. To also determine the circumstances that led to the tragic incident.

MEC for Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, has also been dispatched to assist the only surviving passenger whilst the Department of Social Development will provide necessary psycho-social support.

 The Premier has also acknowledged the support given by the Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga, who was at the accident scene with MEC Radzilani.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation are facilitating necessary interventions with the Botswana government to assist the families of the deceased with the processes of repatriation of the dead.

A Community Policing Forum [CPF] patroller, aged 83 was brutally killed allegedly by his close family members in Giyani, Limpopo.

According to preliminary reports, the elderly man was on his way home from fulfilling his responsibilities as a vigilant CPF member when he was ambushed and fatally attacked. The incident occurred at Shamfana village in the early hours of Thursday, 28 March 2023.

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Police and Emergency Medical Services were called to the scene. They found the victim’s body lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds. He was certified dead at the scene. A preliminary police investigation was conducted, and all the evidence pointed to the two close relatives.

Giyani patroller brutally killed
Crime Scene

All the items taken from the deceased were also recovered, leading to the arrest of the suspect. He was charged with murder and his immediate relative [32], was also charged with defeating the end of justice. Both suspects will appear in Giyani Magistrate’s Court on 02 April 2024.

SHOCK AS A GIYANI ELDERLY PATROLLER IS BRUTALLY KILLED BY CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has expressed deep sorrow and outrage at the tragic loss. She has also extended her deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased during this difficult time.

“We stand in solidarity with the CPF and the entire community as we mourn the loss of a brave and honourable member,” said Hadebe. 

Family members who died in a horror accident on Mpumalanga road last week were laid to rest at a mass funeral held in Ramogwerane Sports Ground, Limpopo on Friday.

Margaret Mokwana, Kamogelo Mokwana, Reatlegile Mokwana and Lydia Tshehla died while visiting one of their family in Mpumalanga last week Saturday. Three of the deceased are members of the same family and two of their friends.

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One of the victims, Boy Johannes Motha, was laid to rest on Thursday in Tafelkop village, Sekhukhune. Meanwhile, the only survivor Buhle Mokwana [15] has been discharged from the Hospital. He was being treated for injuries after the horrific crash.

Mpumalanga accident victims laid to rest in Mass funeral Sekhukhune
Mpumalanga accident mass funeral at Ramogwerane Sports Ground

MASS FUNERAL FOR MPUMALANGA ACCIDENT HORRIFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS

Mayor of Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality, David Tladi, Executive Mayor of Sekhukhune District Municipality, Minah Bahula and other dignitaries attended the mass funeral. They also visited the families on Monday to pay their last respects and offer words of condolences on behalf of the government.

“This is a sad situation. We are here as a government because we know that these are difficult times for the families,” said Mayor Tladi.

“You cannot handle the situation on your own and we are here to offer our condolences. The incident has shaken the whole province and this is no longer a family tragedy.”

Meanwhile, regular psycho-social support, trauma debriefing and trauma containment sessions have also been offered to the families.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha has sent out his Easter message to the residents of the province ahead of the holiday weekend. The province celebrates the Easter weekend in a sombre mood following a horrific accident on the R518 near Mamatlakala. Only one person, an 8-year-old girl survived, while 45 perished.

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The Province is currently working with the Botswana government and DRICO to assist the affected families.

PREMIER STANLEY MATHABATHA SENDS EASTER MESSAGE TO THE RESIDENTS OF LIMPOPO

I am filled with immense joy and gratitude as I extend my heartfelt wishes to the residents of our beautiful province for a blessed and serene Easter holiday. This time of year holds a profound significance in the Christian calendar, symbolising hope, renewal, and the triumphant victory of life over death through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I also wish to extend a warm and hearty welcome to all visitors coming from various corners of our nation and beyond. Your presence in Limpopo during this sacred season adds to the richness and diversity of our celebrations. As we gather with family and friends, let us cherish these moments of togetherness and reflect on the deeper meanings of Easter.

Easter Weekend message from Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha
Road users in Limpopo during the Easter Weekend

During this period, we anticipate the arrival of thousands from Christian faith-based denominations, embarking on journeys to churches and sacred sites for spiritual renewal. Among these, the renowned ZCC (St.Engenas) Pilgrimage in Moria stands out as a beacon of faith for many.

I urge all travellers to our province to prioritise safety by adhering to road regulations, practising patience, and refraining from drinking and driving. Let us ensure that our pilgrimage to spiritual enlightenment is marked by caution and care for one another.

May this Easter holiday be a source of immense joy, spiritual renewal, and reflection for you and your loved ones. Let us all strive to “arrive alive” as we partake in the celebrations and observances of this holy season.

Thank you!!

Limpopo Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba on Friday issued an update on the 8-year-old girl who is the only survivor of the tragic Bus accident on Thursday. 45 people died in a bus crash near Mamatlakala when the Bus transporting people from Botswana to Moria crashed at the Mmamatlakala bridge on the R518.

It is alleged that the driver lost control and collided with barriers on the bridge. It fell into a gorge and caught fire.

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The citizens of Botswana were enroute to ZCC St. Engenas for the annual pilgrimage. The 8-year-old girl was the only survivor of the horrific accident while another passenger died on their way to the Hospital.

Dr Ramathuba on Friday briefed the High Commissioner of Botswana to South Africa, Her Excellency, Dr. Sanji Monageng and DIRCO Deputy Director General responsible for Africa, Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo.

The delegation also visited the 8-year-old girl in Hospital. Some of the families of the victims were also present at the briefing.

MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba issues update on Limpopo Bus Accident
Limpopo Bus Accident Wreckage

DR PHOPHI RAMATHUBA REVEALS THAT NINE BODIES ARE IDENTIFIABLE FROM THE LIMPOPO BUS ACCIDENT

“Condolences to the families and the people of Botswana,” she told the media.

“It’s quite a sad day for us. Since yesterday we have not slept as well. What we can confirm from the Department of Health which is part of the multidisciplinary teams from different sector departments in the province is that working from the number 45 which was the alternary according to the owners of the bus. From our side as a Department always depends on the number of bodies that are retrieved from the scene.

“What we can confirm is that indeed we have an 8-year-old who has survived. [She] was taken to the nearest hospital, stabilized and transferred to a regional hospital,” added Dr Ramathuba.

“We also received nine identifiable bodies that we can be able to confirm. What will happen with the nine bodies is that postmortem are going to be conducted. We will then be able to release them to their loved ones and to the government of Botswana.”