A 40-year-old woman was hacked to death by her boyfriend in Muswodi Tshisimani in Musina, Limpopo over the weekend after being accused of cheating when her phone rang in the middle of the night while they were sleeping.

The 40-year-old Woman has been identified as Mpho Grace Thiba [Main Picture]. The accused is an unidentified 51-year-old Man.

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It is alleged an argument ensued between the couple and escalated to a point where the suspect attacked his girlfriend with a sharp object multiple times. The deceased succumbed to her injuries and the suspect fled the scene. Police began a search for the suspect and he was subsequently arrested.

SADNESS AS MAYOR VISITED FAMILY OF A MUSINA WOMAN WHO WAS HACKED TO DEATH BY HER BOYFRIEND

Musina Local Municipality Mayor Nkanedzeni Mawela paid a visit to the family on Monday. Mayor Mawela also sent deepest condolences to the family of the victim. He condemned this brutal murder in the strongest terms and urged couples to seek professional help when they have differences.

Woman hacked to death by jealous boyfriend in Musina
Musina Local Municipality Mayor Nkanedzeni Mawela paid a visit to the family of Mpho Grace Thiba

He also urged the business sector, stakeholders and individuals to assist the indigent Thiba family to lay their loved one in dignity.

“We are very saddened to hear of your loss and we have no doubt that the law will take its course,” he said during his visit to the family.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Gender-based violence should never be tolerated in our society. We urge everyone to join hands so that we can totally eradicate it,” Mawela told the family.

Those willing to assist the struggling family should contact the family spokesperson, Mr Dzivhuluwani Norman Ndou on 0837304393 / 0674144730.

Four suspects have been arrested after three stolen motor vehicles were intercepted before they could be smuggled out of the country via the Beitbridge border post in Musina, Limpopo. The incident took place on Tuesday, 06 February 2024.

The suspects were arrested during separate incidents after they were stopped at the vehicle control point.

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Police discovered that the drivers of all three vehicles were in possession of fraudulent documents. The vehicles are a Ford Ranger (with one passenger), an Audi Q7, and a Mercedes Benz Actros truck. The VIN numbers were also altered

A preliminary investigation indicated that the vehicles were reported stolen in Gauteng province.

Three stolen vehicles recovered at Beitbridge Border Post
Beitbridge border post entrance in Musina

STOLEN VEHICLES RECOVERED AT THE BEITBRIDGE BORDER POST IN LIMPOPO 

Limpopo Acting Provincial Commissioner of Major General Jan Scheepers commended the officers for their vigilance and dedication.

“The swift action of police officers stationed at the Beitbrige border post in Musina has resulted in the interception of three motor vehicles before they could be smuggled out of the country on Tuesday, 06 February 2024. Four suspects aged between 28 and 64 were arrested.

“This is a testimony to the ongoing efforts of the SAPS to clamp down on vehicle theft and cross-border crimes,” said Major General Scheepers.

The four suspects consisting of two South Africans and two foreign nationals are expected to appear before Musina Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 08 February. They are facing charges of possession of suspected stolen motor vehicles.

The Limpopo Department of Health has confirmed two new cases of cholera with both patients Zimbabwean nationals. The patients are aged 43 and 27.

The two upon their return from the festives in their native country presented to Musina and Hellen Franz Hospitals respectively with cholera-like symptoms.

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They were immediately admitted and tested. Upon becoming aware of the suspected cases, immediate measures were taken to ensure the patient’s admission and treatment in accordance with established protocols.

LIMPOPO DEPARTMENT CONFIRM NEW CASES OF THE BACTERIAL DISEASE

“Our medical teams are closely monitoring their condition and providing the necessary medical care to facilitate their recovery. We would like to emphasize that cholera is primarily transmitted through contaminated food and water,” said the department.

“We urge the public to remain calm but vigilant and to promptly seek medical attention if they or anyone they know experience symptoms consistent with cholera.

“Early diagnosis and treatment are vital in minimizing the impact of the disease and preventing its spread. Regular updates will be provided as new information becomes available.”

Limpopo records two cases of cholera
Dr Phophi Ramathuba

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CHOLERA

Cholera is a highly infectious and potentially life-threatening disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The most common symptoms include severe diarrhoea, vomiting, and also dehydration. If left untreated, cholera can lead to severe complications and even death.

“Therefore, it is crucial for individuals to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently with soap and clean water, especially before eating or preparing food. Additionally, it is recommended to only consume properly cooked food and drink safe, treated water.

Two suspects are sought after a carjacking incident that occurred on Thursday at about 03:00 at Matswale in Musina, Limpopo.

According to reports, the 47-year-old male victim was driving a car when he felt tired. He decided to park on the side of the road to rest.

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Two suspects walking on foot suddenly approached the victim’s vehicle and dragged him out. They drove off with his vehicle.

Motorists warned after carjacking incident in Musina
Police Van

THUGS ON THE RUN AFTER CARJACKING INCIDENT IN MUSINA

The victim’s vehicle is a silver Toyota Tazz with registration DHT 450L. Anyone with information regarding this incident may contact Captain Issac Ntokolo from the Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit (VCIU) on 071 355 0558.

Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest Police Station or use MySAPS app. The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe appeals to motorists not to fall prey to these perpetrators with such a modus operandi.

“If you need to rest, find a place of safety. Where the public can assist should one find himself or herself in such situations,” concluded the Provincial Commissioner.

Limpopo Police have activated a massive manhunt for a group of suspects who committed business robbery in the farms within the Musina area. 

The suspects made off with items worth over R100 000, on Tuesday, 03 October at around 20:00.

According to the reports, two employees were in their farmhouse not far from the owner’s house, when the armed suspects intruded into their house and suddenly pointed them with firearms.

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They ordered them to the owner’s house, who was not present. The suspects then grind the safe and ransacked the house. Stole items including two pellet guns, one shotgun, mattresses, clothes, bags, blankets, and cellphones amongst other properties. 

They apparently loaded the stolen goods into the farm owner’s vehicle, a Mahindra bakkie with a trailer that was parked in the yard.

When the suspects were about to flee the owner arrived with another vehicle and confronted them. A shootout ensued, and the suspects bumped the owner’s vehicle. The suspects alighted from Mahindra and fled on foot.

The Police were immediately notified about the incident. A case of business robbery was opened while a  manhunt for the suspects was activated.

THUGS ON THE RUN AFTER COMMITTING BUSINESS ROBBERY IN MUSINA 

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has ordered the Police in Musina, Vhembe District to mobilize resources. 

Anyone with information that can assist the Police in arresting the suspects involved should contact the investigating officer Sergeant Sitsula Dakalo at 064 829 8050/ 015 534 7401. Crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest Police Station or MySAPSApp.

Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani will on Monday morning visit the Bus accident scene that claimed the lives of more than 20 employees of the Venetia Mine.

A bus ferrying employees of the Venetia Mine was involved in an accident, on the afternoon of Sunday, 17th September 2023. The accident occurred on the R572about 25 kilometers from Musina to Venetia mine.

MEC Radzilani to visit the scene of the horrific Venetia Mine Bus accident
Venetia Mine accident scene

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MEC Radzilani will be joined by the Mayor of Musina Local Municipality, Clr Godfrey Mawela. Also the Senior Management Members of the Venetia Mine.

MEC TO VISIT VENETIA MINE BUS ACCIDENT SURVIVORS

The MEC will use the visit to ascertain facts about the accident. Also to pay a courtesy visit to the patients in the hospital.

According to initial reports, over 24 lives were lost when a Bus collided with a truck and caught fire

A horrific accident involving a bus and a truck in Musina, Limpopo claimed 24 lives on Sunday afternoon. Many other passengers remain fighting for their lives in hospital.

Although information is still sketchy, preliminary investigation suggests that 24 people lost their life as a result of the collision. A bus was carrying Murray and Roberts employees who were heading from Musina to Venetia Mine.

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The accident took place 40km from venetia mine under the Vhembe district. An eyewitness says the two vehicles collided before catching fire.

Accident claims 24 lives in Musina, Limpopo
Musina accident

MUSINA BUS ACCIDENT KILLS 24 PEOPLE

The road will be closed for several hours and motorists driving between Venetia, and Musina are advised to use alternative roads.

*This publication is still waiting for confirmation from the relevant authorities. Once complete information is provided we will confirm.

More to follow…

Suspected Limpopo River cross-border vehicle smuggling mastermind Raymond Sibusiso Tshabalala [28] has been re-arrested after he had absconded while on bail. Tshabalala was re-arrested by the Musina Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation assisted by Gauteng Provincial Organised Crime Unit.

It is alleged that in the early hours of 9 December 2017, the accused together with his accomplices broke into a Ford Vehicle Dealership in Phalaborwa and stole six Ford motor vehicles. Two Ford Everest and four Ford Rangers to the value of R3 235 000.

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The matter was immediately reported to the police and a case was opened. It referred to the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation for further probe. An intensive investigation was conducted and it resulted in the recovery of five of the six stolen motor vehicles in the Masisi area near the Limpopo River on the very same day they were reported stolen.

Limpopo Cross-border vehicle smuggling mastermind re-arrested
A Vehicle being smuggled at the Limpopo River

The vehicles were intercepted from crossing the Limpopo River into Zimbabwe and all the drivers ran away. Through the assistance of the law-abiding citizens, one of the accused, Tsununu Ahmad Maphosa (36) who is already convicted and sentenced was arrested in the area while attempting to flee.

LIMPOPO VEHICLE SMUGGLING MASTERMIND ABSCOND BAIL

The Hawks continued with the investigation until Raymond Sibusiso Tshabalala was arrested in Gauteng Province on 9 January 2019. Tshabalala is believed to be the mastermind behind the cross-border vehicle smuggling syndicate that operates between Gauteng and Limpopo.

Tshabalala was later released on bail but he never showed up on his next court dates, and subsequently, a warrant of arrest was authorised against him. He is expected to appear in the Musina Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 11 September 2023.

Police in Limpopo recovered R 195 000 worth of stolen alcohol and a trailer hijacked along Pondrift road in Musina this week.

It is alleged that the victim was with his two friends, driving in a white Toyota bakkie with a trailer loaded with beverages. Their vehicle was blocked by a group of unknown armed men. The suspects also pointed victims with firearms and drove with them into the bushes.

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Some of the suspects apparently left their friends and victims behind and drove in the victim’s bakkie and fled the scene. Other suspects remained with the victims.

After a while, the suspects returned with the victim’s vehicle without a trailer. They handed him the vehicle with car keys, and then they all fled. The victims notified the Police about the incident and opened cases of kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery with a firearm.

Stolen alcohol worth R190 000 recovered in Musina
Musina Stolen alcohol

On Thursday 10 August at about 12:00 members who were on Operation Kukula received information from Crime Intelligence about the hijacked trailer that was spotted. Leads were immediately followed up. The trailer loaded with alcohol was found hidden at an old unused RDP house at Ext 14 Matswale in Musina.

OWNER RELIEVED AS STOLEN ALCOHOL RECOVERED

The victim was also informed about the recovery of the goods and taken to the scene. He identified the trailer still loaded with alcohol. The manhunt for the suspects is underway.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe appreciated the members for recovering the hijacked trailer. She ordered the Detectives to trace and arrest the suspects.

Anyone with information that can assist regarding the whereabouts of the suspects involved should contact Musina SAPS Acting Detective-Commander Captain Fumulani Ragimana at 0825657889. Crime Stop number 0860010111 alternatively report to the nearest Police Station or also share it on MySAPSApp.

Police in Musina, Limpopo have launched an intensive manhunt in response to a recent burglary at a local Primary School. The incident allegedly occurred in the early hours of Monday, 31 July at about 03:22.

It is alleged that three African males armed with firearms accosted the security officer on duty and tied him to a wire and shoelaces.

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The perpetrators gained access to the main office by breaking the door and proceeded to ransack it in search of valuable items. They then took two safes, one mounted on the wall.

The two safes were later found dumped in the schoolyard after the suspects failed to open them. The estimated value of the damage is R15000,00.

BURGLARY AT A LOCAL SCHOOL

“The Safety and Security of our community’s educational institutions are of utmost importance to the SAPS. We are working diligently to identify and apprehend those responsible for this brazen act. Our dedicated team of detectives is actively following up on leads, gathering all the evidence,” said Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

“We urge anyone with information related to this incident to come forward and assist us in our investigation. No detail is too insignificant, and even the smallest piece of information may prove crucial in identifying and apprehending the suspects. We assure the public that all information provided will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.

They may also contact the Police on Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest Police station. They can also use the MysapsApp app.