Police in Mankweng have arrested a 23-year-old suspect in connection with the brutal murder of his grandmother in Ramogale Village, Ga-Mothapo, Limpopo. The incident took place on Tuesday, 26 September 2023.

The 97-year-old was attacked and stabbed to death with a sharp object by unknown suspects while at her home. Her lifeless body was discovered by a relative at about 07:30.

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Police were notified and upon their initial investigations at the crime scene, the suspects were alleged to be unknown by family members. The dedicated team of investigators including the Crime Intelligence Unit immediately commenced investigations. In no time they cracked the case and uncovered evidence that connected the grandson who was also staying with the deceased. The suspect was arrested at the same residence in Ramogale Village.


Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspect also robbed the deceased of a large amount of cash. She had been saving from her monthly social grants. Police managed to recover some of the cash hidden in the suspect’s bedroom. Other exhibits which included the knife which was found inside a pit toilet in the nearby tavern.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, commended the Detectives for the breakthrough made in this case within a short space of time.

The suspect is expected to appear before the Mankweng Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, Thursday 05 October 2023. He faces charges of murder and house robbery.

Police in Mankweng have launched a manhunt after a 97-year-old elderly woman was found murdered at her home in Ramogale Village, Ga-Mothapo. The elderly woman was discovered on Tuesday morning, 26 September in Limpopo.

On the said date at approximately 07:30, the local Police responded to a complaint from a distraught relative who had discovered the lifeless body at her residence.

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Preliminary investigations indicate that the victim was stabbed with a sharp object. Police have opened a case of murder and the motive for this heinous incident is not yet known.

Elderly Woman found murder at her home in Mankweng
Police Van


“We are treating this case as a top priority. A team of dedicated investigators is actively pursuing all leads to apprehend the perpetrators responsible for this horrendous crime.

“We urge anyone with information related to this incident to come forward and assist with the ongoing investigation,” said Limpopo Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

Anyone with information can contact Lieutenant Colonel Magezi Nkuna on 082 319 9500. Tips and leads can also be reported anonymously to the Crime Stop hotline number on 08600 10111 or MySAPS App.

A 41-year-old Ethiopian National male has been arrested after he allegedly tried to bribe an immigration officer in Limpopo. The suspect offered the immigration officer an amount of R 30 000 at Mankweng Magistrate’s complex.

On Tuesday 29 August 2023, the Immigration Officer was approached by the suspect who alleged that he was related to an accused, who was arrested for illegal immigration in Mankweng on 28 August 2023.

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The suspect offered the immigration offer the bribe in exchange for the immigration officer not filing section 212, and testifying in Court during bail application.

Ethiopian man arrested for bribe of immigration officer
Mankweng Police

The immigration officer reported the matter to the Anti-Corruption Unit and an undercover operation was conducted on Wednesday. The suspect was arrested on Wednesday after handing R 8 000 to the Immigration officer.


He is expected to appear before the Mankweng Magistrate court on charges of corruption.

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has applauded the immigration officer for firmly declining the offer.

The two male suspects are expected to appear before Mankweng Magistrate’s Court, Limpopo on Monday 31 July 2023 facing charges of unlawful possession and dealing in illicit drugs.

The provincial organised Crime Investigation Unit followed up on information received from the source. They subsequently arrested two male suspects on Friday 28 July 2023 in Mankweng. It is reported that both suspects were spotted and found selling drugs at separate locations.

Dealers busted with illicit drugs in Mankweng
Mankweng Police

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The duo are facing Charges of unlawful possession and dealing in illicit drugs believed to be worth R12 000. The said drugs were confiscated by Police as part of the investigation.


The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the Investigation team for ridding this Province of drugs which were meant to be distributed to destroy innocent people.

The suspects are expected to appear before Mankweng Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 31 July 2023.

A 31-year-old female suspected drug dealer and a 30-year-old male were arrested on Friday, 7 July in Mankweng.

The pair were allegedly found in possession and dealing in drugs at Mentz Badimong, Mankweng outside Polokwane at about 11:00. This is after Police received information regarding drug dealing activities in the area.

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The suspects were allegedly selling drugs to the local high school learners and at the taxi ranks. An intelligence-driven operation was thereafter conducted. Two learners were found in possession of two sachets of dagga at the taxi rank. Police followed information and also swooped in on the suppliers’ premises.

Mankweng female drug dealer and accomplice arrested
Mankweng Police Station

A 31-year-old woman was found in possession of 39 sachets of nyaope and nine sachets of crystal meth drugs with a street value of approximately R 5000.


The other male suspect was found in possession of three Nyaope balls containing 25 sachets with a street value of approximately R 3000.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe hailed the members involved for ridding this Province of Drugs. “These drugs were meant to destroy our youth’s future,” said General Hadebe.
Both suspects were also charged with dealing in drugs. They will also appear in the Mankweng Magistrate’s Court on Monday 10 July 2023.

A 71-year-old Father is expected to appear before Mankweng Magistrate Court soon facing a charge of murder of his 26-year-old son at Mentz Village, Limpopo. The incident took place in Malesa outside Mankweng on Saturday, 24 June 2023 at about 11:50.

It is reported that Police received a complaint of a shooting in the area and quickly rushed to the vicinity. Upon their arrival, they found the victim lying on the street in a pool of blood.

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Upon further observation, Police established that the victim was shot with a firearm on the upper body. The members of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were summoned to the scene and declared a 26-year-old male dead upon arrival.

Mankweng Father [71] shots and kill his biological Son [26] in Mentz Village
A Police van packed

Preliminary Police investigations indicated that the victim was shot by his biological father who later locked himself inside the house. Police managed to negotiate with the suspect to vacate the house until he complied and he was later apprehended. During the arrest, Police confiscated a revolver firearm that was used for the commission of the crime with three live ammunition and two empty cartridges.


The motive of the incident is currently unknown at this stage. But Police investigations are continuing to determine the cause of the murder.

The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has described the Incident as unique and senseless.

“Parents are supposed to love and protect their children. But what the old man has done is very disappointing and I hope that justice will prevail in relation to this horrible incident,”‘ concluded the Lieutenant General Hadebe

Two suspects believed to be drug syndicates were arrested in Mankweng, outside Polokwane in Limpopo on Saturday 29 April at about 12:30.

Police authorities received information about two suspects dealing in drugs at Mankweng and the University of Limpopo Gate. They immediately operationalised the information.

The mastermind of the distribution of the drugs was subsequently identified. He was driving a Toyota Yaris sedan from Polokwane with his accomplice. They were monitored until they arrived at the Mamadimo Park location.


The suspects were stopped and searched before making a delivery to one of their clients. Police discovered 26 balls of heroin concealed inside the motor vehicle with an estimated street value of R50.000.

Two Limpopo drug syndicates arrested in Mankweng
Mankweng SAPS

The duo were immediately apprehended for dealing in drugs that were intended to be sold to the youth and students of the University of Limpopo.

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In addition, the motor vehicle that was utilized to make deliveries with a total value of R120 000 was also seized during the arrest.

The mastermind aged 39 and his 37-year-old distributor will appear before the Mankweng Magistrate court on Tuesday 02 May. They face charges of possession and dealing in drugs.

Acting Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers has praised the members for their sterling work.

Police at Mankweng outside Polokwane are investigating a murder docket following an Incident in which a husband shot and killed his wife in a domestic related squabble.

A 49-year-old woman was allegedly fatally wounded after her 50-year-old husband shot her with a firearm. The Incident happened at Mankweng Unit D on Sunday at about 14:45.

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It is alleged both the suspect and victim had an argument. It appears that the argument became so heated that the husband pulled out a 9mm firearm and shot his wife. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she sadly succumbed to the injuries.

The husband (suspect) allegedly drove his car to Mankweng Police Station where he handed himself to the Police. The firearm he allegedly used, licensed was confiscated for further Investigation.

Mankweng Hospital
Mankweng Hospital

What prompted the argument that led to the subsequent shooting is currently unknown but domestic-related problems cannot be ruled out.


The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has condemned this. She called upon couples who might be experiencing marital or relationship problems to urgently seek assistance in order to avoid these Incidents of GBV as it is becoming a societal problem.

The suspect will appear before Mankweng Magistrate’s Court soon on charges of murder.

The Mankweng Regional Court has sentenced a 38-year-old man from Solomondale, Limpopo to life imprisonment for the rape of a six-year-old girl.

The name of the accused is concealed to protect the victim. The incident occurred on 19 October 2018, in Solomondale, when the accused called the victim while she was playing at her homestead.

He then lured her to his house, where he raped her, gave her one rand, and told her not to tell anyone. 


During the trial, the accused pleaded not guilty to the offence. The state Advocate Makgomothi Masehel had to prove the case to link the accused person to the offence. The J88 was handed in to corroborate the evidence of the doctor who examined the child. He testified about the injuries the victim sustained throughout the ordeal.

There was no DNA to link the accused to the offence as he used a condom, which was also a challenge to the state. 

The Victim Impact Report submitted to the court, also indicates that the victim fears male persons including the accused. As well as other male family members.

She is reluctant to play with other children and struggles to sleep at night. The family is disappointed as they trusted the accused with handy work at their home. The teacher confirmed that the child became passive in class.


The victim has relocated to another village, as they live in the same street as the accused. She underwent psycho-social services rendered at Mankweng Thuthuzela Care Centre to assist her deal with the trauma. 

The pre-sentence report was also handed in by the state. It was recommended that the accused must be sentenced to life imprisonment. The Presiding Officer, Karin Pillay could not find any compelling circumstances to deviate from the minimum sentences act and sentence the accused to life imprisonment. 

The NPA has welcomed the sentence and stands firm in the fight against violence against women and children. The Director of Public Prosecutions, advocate Ivy Thenga, commends the good work of the state Advocate Masehela. Mankweng Thuthuzela Care Centre and Investigating Officer. 

A motor vehicle accident on the R81, near BP Garage and the Solomondale turn-off in Capricorn District, Limpopo has claimed five lives on Christmas eve. 

The accident was caused by a head-on collision between a Toyota Avanza and a Volkswagen Polo at 20h00 on Saturday, 24 December 2022.

Five people, including the drivers of the two vehicles, were declared dead at the scene. Three other people who sustained serious injuries were transported to Mankweng hospital for medical attention.

Law enforcement officers at the scene cite reckless driving as a possible cause of the crash.


Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani sends condolences to the bereaved families.

“We are saddened by the news and send heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families. May they be granted strength to get through this difficult time.

“I take this sad opportunity to remind all road users to prioritize safety during this period. Let us obey the rules of the road at all times, to arrive alive,” said MEC Radzilani.