An Ethiopian National male believed to be a Spaza Shop owner was shot dead at Ndhambi Village, Giyani on Wednesday 25 October at about 20:00.

Police were summoned to Nkhensani hospital. On their arrival, they found a Medical Practitioner who pointed out that the deceased sustained gunshot wounds on the upper body. Resulting in the sudden death.

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Preliminary investigations indicate that the deceased was shot by unknown suspects while walking to his home. This is after closing his Spaza Shop at about 20:00.

Afterwards, the victim called his brother who transported him to a local clinic. He was later transferred to Nkhensani hospital in Mopani where he passed on upon arrival.


The deceased was positively identified as Mubarak Kamal, Ethiopian National who is 34-years-old. The motive of the incident is unknown at the moment and police investigations are underway.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has directed the police to work around the clock. To ensure apprehension of those involved in the senseless killing.

Anyone with information that can assist with the investigations is urged to contact the Investigating Officer, Captain Mzamane Mabunda on 066 4001 100. Crime stop number 0860010111 or also nearest police station or MySAPSApp.

A 43-year-old Man was brutally killed through mob justice at Mabangeni Village, Homu 14b section, Giyani for alleged stock theft. 

The incident took place on Friday, 13 October 2023 in the afternoon when a group of people traveling with a bakkie went on the rampage and forcibly took the man from his parental home in the said area.

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They drove to an unknown location where they assaulted him with various objects. They allegedly accused him of being involved in the recent incident of Stock Theft.

The suspects later dumped the victim near his parental home. Limpopo Police and emergency medical services were called and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A case of murder has been opened. But the suspects in this matter are still unknown and there is no arrest.


Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has strongly condemned the act. 

“Our officers are working diligently to gather information and locate the suspects who committed this heinous act. We urge the community to come forward with any information that may assist us in our efforts,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of these suspects may contact Lieutenant Colonel Jim Mbhalati on 082 565 6491. The nearest Police Station or also the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or use MySAPSapp.

Police in Giyani are investigating a case of murder following the recovery of a burnt lifeless body of a 40-year-old woman on Monday in Dzingidzingi Village, Limpopo. According to the information available at this stage, it was reported that a body of a female person was discovered in the bushes burnt with a tyre.

This is through a collective search operation by the Police and members of the Community in Blue Patrollers searching for a missing woman in the Village.

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It is alleged that the deceased was last seen in the early hours around 01:00 on Monday. She went to her boyfriend’s home. Allegedly she was telephonically informed by the boyfriend that one of her children was sick.

It is reported that while the family members were at the police station to report a missing person after realizing that she was not reporting back home then information was received from the search team that the body was recovered.

The deceased was later identified by her family members as Vilelani Irene Maluleke (40) of Dzingidzingi village.

Circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated. Domestic violence-related issues cannot be ruled out in this case as far as preliminary investigation is concerned.


Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has appealed to community members with information to contact the Police. So that the perpetrator can be arrested and face the full might of the Law.

The Police appeal to anyone with information that can assist in arresting the suspect involved in this murder case. They can contact the Investigating Officer Detective Warrant Officer Hlengani Chauke at 082 319 9857. Alternatively report to the nearest police station. Crime Stop at 08600 10111 and can also share it anonymously on MySAPSApp. 

MEC for Education in Limpopo Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya on Friday led a countdown solidarity walk with over 1,200 Matric learners. The walk was held in Giyani, Mopani East Education District.

The Solidarity walk is to mark the 30-day countdown before the start of the 2023 final Matric Exams.

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Mopani East is one of the three districts that performed below 70% in 2022. 27 schools from three circuits have been invited to join and be part of the countdown programme.

The countdown event is also meant to drum up support from Parents, guardians and stakeholders to give Moral support to learners as they prepare for their final Basic Education hurdle.

MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya host the Limpopo host Matric countdown solidarity walk
Limpopo Matric countdown in Giyani


The Solidarity walk started at the Giyani Community Hall at Harvest Time Church. This is where the MEC gave a keynote address.
“Today as we do the countdown, it’s about you as an individual. It has nothing to do with what your friend next to you is talking about,” said Lerule-Ramakhanya.

“It has got nothing to do with the behaviour of the person next to you. The certificate when it comes out will have your name and ID.

“Today is about your saying to all stakeholders that know that the candidates are here and we want your support,” she told the learners.

“The countdown Today is about me and you saying to educators you have ushered us since January and Today we are starting our journey to say our educators thank you. We have been with you but on the last journey we will take it alone.”

As I conclude, I want to take this time and talk to our stakeholders in the hall and parents following us on social media. Our learners will be writing in a few weeks, we need to give them a break from hard domestic chores. Their energy must be directed to school work, catch and revision.

“Please give them time to rest, allow them time to sleep after their long study sessions. I also want you to monitor them to ensure that they are indeed studying. The use of cellphones must be very minimal. Make sure that they use their gadgets for academic purposes,” she concluded. 

Police in Giyani, Limpopo have launched a manhunt for a male suspect after another man was murdered in a love triangle. The 33-year-old was murdered at Xitlakati Village in the Mopani District. 

It is alleged that a female person was at her homestead seated outside with her boyfriend on Sunday.

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They were suddenly approached by a man who is believed to be having a love affair with the same female. He asked to speak to her though she refused and asked him to come the following day.

It is further alleged that the suspect attacked the victim who was sitting with the woman. He chased the victim who ran away from the suspect into the dark place on the street.


It appears that the suspect caught up with the victim [now deceased] and stabbed him in the chest with a sharp object. 

According to the reports the deceased managed to inform a witness before he could die that he was stabbed by the known suspect. 

The Police received a complaint of murder on the morning of Monday 25 September 2023. On their arrival at the scene, they found the lifeless body of a man on the street in a pool of blood with a stab wound.  The deceased was later identified by his sister as Amukelani Hlongwani of Mushiane Village. 

The Police request Joel Makhubele or anyone with information that can be of assistance in pursuing investigations in relation to the murder case in question to come forward to report to the Investigating Officer Captain Adam Hobyani at 082 414 6709.

Alternatively, report to the nearest Police Station. Also SAPS Crime Stop at 08600 10111 and or share it on MysapsApp. 

Malamulele Home Affairs official Peter Baloyi has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for selling fraudulent birth certificates. The 40-year-old was convicted and sentenced by the Giyani Specialized Commercial Crimes Court on Monday, 18 September 2023.

In December 2021, the Polokwane-based Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation members received a complaint about Baloyi.

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The complaint was followed up and it was discovered that Baloyi was buying fraudulent birth certificates from Mdunwazi Ngwenyama who is a former Home Affairs official at a cost of R1000.  

On 8 December 2021, Baloyi and Ngwenyama were arrested for corruption and released on R1000. On 18 September 2023, Baloyi appeared before the court where he pleaded guilty to corruption.


Baloyi was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment or pay a R 6000 fine. He was further sentenced to two years imprisonment which is suspended for five years. On condition that the accused is not found guilty of related offences.

The case of corruption against Ngwenyama is still pending. His next court date will be on 27 November 2023 at Giyani Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, Mopani District in Limpopo.

Police in Limpopo have made 11 arrests in connection with violence between two taxi associations in Giyani, Mopani District. A recent taxi association feud lasted for a couple of days. During the arrests, one licensed firearm was confiscated.

In one incident that occurred on 24 August at about 08:30, a 48-year-old taxi driver was allegedly attacked and injured by a rival group driving in a Toyota Quantum. During the attack, he stopped the vehicle, alighted, and ran on foot. He was further attacked with stones and shots fired at him. But the driver managed to survive the attack with serious injuries.

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The confrontations between the two taxi associations, which have a history of disputes, escalated into violence over the past two weeks.

Intensive investigations by the Provincial Taxi Violence Investigation Unit in conjunction with the Public Order Police (POPS) Unit and community members led to the identification and apprehension of the suspects believed to be involved in the violent clashes in an operation that was conducted from Sunday 03 September until the early hours of Monday 04 September.  


Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has condemned the violence. She applauded this team for arresting the suspects which demonstrates the SAPS commitment to maintaining law and order and protecting the safety and security of all citizens.

“We also appreciate the cooperation of community members and urge everyone to choose non-violent means to resolve disputes and conflicts. Violence only leads to harm and disrupts the lives of innocent residents,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The arrested suspects aged between 34 and 64 will appear before the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 05 September. They are facing charges related to public violence, assault GBH and attempted murder.

A 39-year-old man was found lying on the ground with two gunshot wounds at a local Tavern in Homu 14B, Giyani on Sunday 03 September 2023 at about 00:10. Police have since opened a case of murder.

According to the information, Police received a complaint about a murder that occurred at the local tavern. Upon arrival, they found the lifeless body of a 39-year-old lying on the ground with two gunshot wounds.

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Emergency Services personnel were called to the scene. On their arrival they certified the deceased was dead on the scene. The deceased was identified as Simon Zane Shibanda, residing at Makosha Village.

The motive behind this horrific act is not yet established but the investigation will reveal the cause.


Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe condemned the Incident. She further calls upon the Community to assist the Police with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) should contact Investigating Officer Warrant Officer Minyuku on 082 729 0327. Crime stop number 08600 10111, or also the nearest Police Station, or by sharing information on MySAPSApp.

Police in Giyani, Limpopo have arrested a 29-year-old woman for the murder of her 10-month-old daughter whom she buried in a shallow grave. The incident happened on Tuesday, 22 August 2023.

According to information, the suspect, who is a landlord at Giyani Section F, left her house to visit her boyfriend on 19 August 2023. Her tenants started to ask her about the whereabouts of one of her children who suddenly disappeared.

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They became suspicious on 21 August 2023 when they looked around the yard and noticed a shallow grave. Community members gathered at her house in her absentia and Police were notified. They immediately followed the leads and traced the woman.

Giyani Woman buries her 10-months old in a shallow grave
Crime Scene

She was taken to her house, where she pointed to a shallow grave in which she buried her daughter who was allegedly having disabilities. It is alleged that she indicated that her daughter died following a sickness, and she decided to bury her alone since she did not have a birth certificate. The child’s body was exhumed and the suspect was arrested.


The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has condemned the incident. “Postmortem to determine the actual cause of the death of the child is still to be conducted.”

The suspect will appear before the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 24 August 2023.

Police in Limpopo have sent a strong warning to community members who are still hitchhiking unknown motor vehicles. This warning comes against a background of an incident that took place, on Tuesday, 25 July at around 10:00 in the bushes along R81 road Xikukwani Village, Giyani.

A 28-year-old male victim was allegedly hitchhiking at the traffic lights of Siyandhani along R81 going to Malamulele. A silver Datsun car with two occupants including the driver stopped. They apparently offered him a lift together with another man.

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On the way, the driver then suggested to the occupants that he needed to via nearby bushes to buy firewood.

 While in the bushes, he allegedly stopped the vehicle and suddenly, everyone including the other hitchhiker threatened him with a knife and firearms, demanding money.

Hitchhiking in Limpopo is discouraged after a Giyani Man was throwing out of a Vehicle


The three suspects robbed him of a cellphone and money. They also tried to access funds from his bank account through an App but it was insufficient. They pushed him out of the vehicle and drove off at high speed.

The victim immediately notified the Police and a manhunt to arrest the suspects was launched.

“It is more safe and reliable to make use of public transport,” said Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

“People can avoid becoming victims in the hands of these ruthless and heartless criminals by making use of Public Transport. Your precious life is more valuable so take it seriously,” concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The Police opened a case of robbery with a firearm.

Anyone with information that can assist the Police to arrest these criminals should contact Detective Warrant Officer Hobyani @ 071 1637 272. Crime stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest Police Station or MysapsApp.