Two Primary learners died following an accident in which a minibus scholar transport overturned on the R37 between Lebowakgomo and Burgersfort, Limpopo on Thursday. 

According to reports, 20 other learners were also injured after their driver allegedly lost control. The school transport vehicle rolled numerous times.

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The accident occurred on the R37 near Cronex mine in Sekhukhune district. Reckless driving is cited as a possible cause of the accident.

Learners from Lesedi Sedi, an independent school were on their way to school when the private scholar minibus they were travelling in lost control and overturned; and unfortunately killing the two learners on the scene while other learners sustained injuries.

The 18 injured learners, a teacher and driver were rushed to hospital and released after being treated for shock. The teacher and driver were still in the hospital but stable. Three learners remained in hospital and were later transferred to a hospital in Benoni.

“As a department, we are saddened by the incident and send our deepest condolences to the bereaved families,” Spokesperson at the Department of Transport Tidimalo Chuene told SABC News. 

Primary school learners in R37 accident 
R37 learners accident scene

SADNESS AS PRIMARY SCHOOL LEARNERS DIE IN AN ACCIDENT ON THE R37 

MEC for Education in Limpopo, Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya has wished a speedy recovery to 20 learners. The MEC expressed her sadness and sent her heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.

“This is very devastating and no parent should ever have to experience the pain of losing a child. My heart aches with the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. Reckless and negligent driving is unacceptable and will never be tolerated by the department. Rules of the road must be obeyed,” she said.

The exact location of the accident is on the R37 Moroke just outside Burgersfort. 

Community members in Burgersfort, Limpopo on Sunday attacked three males who were suspected of being involved in robbery cases in the area.

The incident occurred at Extension 10 on Sunday, 25 February 2024 at around 13:30. The victims were assaulted with various objects.

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Police were summoned to the scene, and they quickly responded. Emergency Medical Service was also notified.

Community members noticed the Police and immediately dispersed in different directions. Two victims were rescued with serious injuries and taken to a local hospital. The third victim succumbed to injuries at the scene. He was identified by his family as Lovemore Fortune Magabe [25].

Burgersfort community members attack suspected thugs in vigilantism
R37 road into Burgersfort Town

COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN BURGERSFORT ATTACK MALE SUSPECTS

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has also again warned communities against vigilante activities.

“Members of the community must trust Police with information about criminals, rather than taking the law into their own hands,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

Police opened a case of murder for further investigation.

Anyone with information about the suspects involved in the case should contact Detective Sergeant Lesetja Modiba at 076 429 8388. Crime stop number or also nearest police station or MySAPS App.

A 78-year-old Woman died after being attacked by her four dogs, while trying to rescue one of her visitors in Burgersfort, Limpopo. Police in Tubatse, Sekhukhune District have since opened an inquest case.

The dogs were reportedly intending to attack a visitor when the unfortunate incident took place on Friday, 19 January at Praktiseer Leolo High School’s employees’ residence.

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According to information, the Elderly woman was at her home with her daughter, when they had a visitor. The dogs tried to attack him and in the process, the woman interjected trying to protect the man. But her dogs turned to her and bit her. Her daughter then assisted her, and the dogs turned away but she sustained injuries on her lower body.

Burgersfort Elderly Woman dies after being attacked by her dogs
Crime Scene

The Elderly woman was not taken for medical treatment until Monday, 22 January when they decided to take her to a local hospital. Unfortunately, later that day she succumbed to her injuries.

BURGERSFORT WOMAN ATTACKED BY HER DOGS AND LATER DIED

The Police were notified about the incident and opened a case of inquest for further investigations.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers strongly advised the community members, especially owners of pets, to be careful with dogs around them and not to fully relax. 

A 50-year-old man allegedly killed his 30-year-old wife and hanged himself at Bothashoek, Burgersfort on Friday morning.

It is alleged that the victim was at her residence when the suspect visited her. He stabbed her six times with a knife and fled the scene.

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The victim screamed for help and was taken to the nearest clinic by the neighbours. She sustained multiple stab wounds, and she was certified dead at the clinic.

The police received the information and traced the suspect to his residence in Bothashoek. Upon arrival, they also found the suspect hanging from the roof with an electric cord cable.

A MAN KILLS HIS WIFE THEN HANGS HIMSELF IN BURGERSFORT

Preliminary investigations indicated that the two were officially married as husband and wife. Tubatse police have opened a case of murder and an inquest. The deceased was identified as Refiloe Mokgotho. She was residing at Praktiseer 30 and Freddy Mokgotho was residing at Bothashoek.

The motive for the incident is still unknown at this stage. A suicide note was found on the scene, and an investigation into the matter continues.

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, condemned the incident. She has also advised couples to resolve their differences amicably or to seek professional help if they are victims of domestic abuse.

Police in Tubatse have arrested a 26-year-old suspect for allegedly killing his 17-year-old girlfriend in Burgersfort. The incident took place at Bothashoek village outside Burgersfort in Sekhukhune District on Sunday, 26 November 2023.

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The Police received a complaint of murder on the morning of Sunday 26 November at about 06:00 from the Grandmother of the deceased.

Man [26] stabs his 17-year-old girlfriend to death in Burgersfort
Crime Scene

It is alleged that upon arrival of the Police at the scene of crime, they were approached by an elderly woman who pointed out to the Police the lifeless body of a 17-year-old female person lying on the ground in a pool of blood with a stabbed wound on the throat. The victim was certified dead at the scene by the Paramedics.

BURGERSFORT MAN KILLS GIRLFRIEND

The Police received information about the possible suspect. They followed the information gathered, subsequently, the suspect was arrested at his hiding place within Sekhukhune District.

The suspect is expected to appear before Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court soon to face a charge of murder. 

Many South Africans have been asking who Morgan Mohlala is following a lavish 50th birthday party in Limpopo which allegedly cost him R 9 million. The party attracted the who-is-who of the entertainment industry and members of his community at Ga-Phasha outside Burgersfort.

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In one of the videos circulating on social media, Mohlala can be heard bragging about his Dolce and Gabbana jacket which cost R 677 000 and how he was wearing clothes worth R 1.5 million on that day. In 2022, Mohlala spent R 3 million for his 49th birthday. 

“I am wearing R 1.5 million,” he told a  social media user taking the video as he also showed them the clothes. 

LAVISH 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

The party also attracted actors from Skeem Saam and Muvhango. There was also performances from the likes of Kharishma, King Monada, Pleasure Tša Manyalo, Big Zulu, Mafikizolo, Team Delela, Dr. Winnie Mashaba, Musa, Maredi, Vettys, Badimo ba mmino. Bafana Bafana and Leeds United legend Lucas Radebe was also one of the invited guests at the party. Musician Penny Penny sat close to Mohlala during the celebrations.

Many South Africans have been asking who Morgan Mohlala is following a lavish 50th birthday party in Limpopo
Morgan Mohlala during his birthday celebration

The Morgan Mohlala 50th birthday party celebration started on Saturday morning at 09:00 at the Ultimate on R37 at Ga-Phasha. SABC Limpopo’s leading Radio station Thobela FM had a live broadcast from the venue with most of their presenters in attendance.

The businessman had apparently invited anyone to the party whether you’re a long-time friend, or you’ve just met him.

BUT WHO IS THE BUSINESSMAN MORGAN MOHLALA

According to information, the 50-year-old from Ga-Phasha, Monareng o Mokgolo owns Mamatho Mining and Logistics. His trucks apparently transport Minerals from Steelpoort to Maputo in Mozambique.

Mohlala also owns BMP Group [Bo Mohlala projects] with his brothers, Joe and Doctor Mohlala.

He also apparently owns three helicopters. Interestingly, a week before his lavish birthday celebration, Mohlala was involved in a helicopter accident but survived unharmed to make it to his party which has been trending for the past few days. 

Police in Burgersfort have arrested two suspected illegal miners on Sunday, 01 October 2023 at Chrome Valley mine in Sekhukhune District

It is reported that members of the Illegal Mining Task Team in conjunction with the members of a Private Security Company have arrested two male suspects within the mining site. This is after they were caught trying to load illegally mined chrome into a Tipper truck using an Excavator.

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The driver of the Excavator fled the scene on foot evading arrest. However, the truck driver and the person who allegedly organised the truck were arrested. 

The Police are hard on the heels of the other suspects who fled the scene. 

In addition, members of this team have recovered and seized abandoned mining equipment on a mining site at Mabowe Park in Muldersdrift policing precinct on Sunday 01 October 2023. 

ILLEGAL MINERS IN BURGERSFORT CAUGHT IN THE ACT 

The mining equipment includes 3x water pumps, 2x jackhammers, 3x chisels, 4x Shovels, 1x spade, and also 5x electrical cables. 

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the arrest. She hailed the continued collaborative efforts that resulted in the confiscations as well.

The arrested suspects are expected to appear before Burgersfort Magistrate’s Court in due course.

A manhunt for the suspects responsible for mining activities in both incidents is underway. Anyone with information should contact the police on the toll-free number 08600 10111. Also the nearest Police Station or use MySAPS App.

A 33-year-old suspected Limpopo Police sergeant killer was arrested by a multidisciplinary team within eight hours after the deceased was murdered.

In the early hours of 15 July 2023, an off-duty police sergeant who was stationed at SAPS-Burgersfort was allegedly gunned down in Lebowakgomo. The assailants were driving in a Bronze Volkswagen Golf 7 GTI.

The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Lt General Godfrey Lebeya immediately activated a 72-hour plan to hunt down the suspects.

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The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in Limpopo Province, Major General Gopz Govender led the multidisciplinary team comprising Limpopo Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation Tracking Team. South African Police Service Crime Intelligence from the national office, SAPS- Gauteng Highway Patrol, Bravlor Risk. Tracker Connect, ICB-Insurance Crime Bureau, BadBoyz Security, GTP Sleu, Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department and Trio Tactical.

After conducting a thorough investigation, the team was led to Braamfontein in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province on the very same day. The suspected vehicle with three occupants was spotted driving in the area and it was followed and also tactically cornered.

Police sergeant killer arrested within eight hours in Limpopo
Money found at a suspect home

The driver of the vehicle was suspected to be the one who killed the cop in Lebowakgomo and he was also placed under arrest. Further investigation led the team to his residential address at Rooihuiskraal in Centurion (Pretoria). Upon searching the house, the team found a firearm suspected to have been used in murdering the deceased. It was seized. The team also seized a vehicle (GTI Golf 7), a large amount of money and a cellphone.

POLICE SERGEANT KILLER ARRESTED

The investigation to establish if the suspect is not involved in other crimes is underway.

The suspect will appear in the Lebowakgomo Magistrate’s Court soon. He will also face murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and other possible charges.

The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Lt General Godfrey Lebeya has appreciated the swift reaction.

“Although there was a 72-hour operational plan in place, the case was cracked within eight hours,” Lt General Lebeya said.

The police in Burgersfort have launched a search operation following for a missing 94-year-old elderly woman. Malepe Nkgikinyane resides at Ga-Radingwane Village, Sekhukhune District.

She reportedly went missing on Saturday, 24 June 2023 at about 17:20.

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She was attending a church service with her granddaughter at the Mapodile location. Unfortunately, an elderly woman left the premises without informing anyone where she was going and has since disappeared.

A 94-year-old elderly woman from Burgersfort goes missing
Malepe Nkgikinyane

Efforts to locate Malepe at relatives, friends and surrounding areas were not successful.

CONTACTS TO HELP LOCATE ELDERLY MISSING WOMAN

Anyone with information that can assist in locating the woman is urged to contact the Investigating Officer Constable Thabo Malepe at 0648866569. Crime stop number 0860010111 or nearest police station or MySAPSApp.

Police in Limpopo have activated the appropriate resources to trace and apprehend suspects after a Burgersfort well-known businessman was kidnapped on Friday.

The businessman was at one of his filling Stations when the incident occurred on Friday 02 June at about 19:30

WELL-KNOWN BURGERSFORT BUSINESSMAN KIDNAPPED

According to the information available at this stage the taxi driver was confronted and pointed with a firearm by an unknown male suspect. He demanded car keys while the five unknown male suspects accosted the businessman and subsequently forced him into a black VW Golf 7 GTI with unknown Registration. He then drove away with him followed by a white Mercedes Benz Registration No 786 AGM L.

A well-known Burgersfort businessman kidnapped
A well-known Burgersfort businessman kidnapped

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In another incident, unknown male suspects who pretended to be the police in the same area went to a rental house and hijacked a black Mercedes Benz from a tenant at gunpoint.

Police were notified of these Incidents. The police reported that the earliest stage of the investigations came up with a recovery of a hijacked Silver Mercedes Benz. It was abandoned around Bothashoek village and a rifle LM 5 with twenty-five live ammunition dropped in the bushes.

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A team comprising members of the Organised Crime Investigation Unit together with the Station Detectives. As well as members of the Crime Intelligence Unit are hard on the heels of the suspects. They are also investigating cases of Kidnapping, pointing of firearms, and car hijacking as well as impersonating a police officer.

Anyone with information regarding the incident can assist to reunite the man with his family. Also to arrest the suspects should contact the Investigating Officer Lieutenant Colonel Ndou at 082 807 2666. Captain Mogotlane at 082 451 7232 alternatively report to the nearest Police Station. They can call the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or forward it to MySAPSApp