A 41-year-old Limpopo woman who was arrested at her home in Nebo and her accomplice at Ga-Mashashane outside Polokwane, all on Friday are set to appear before the Sekhukhune Magistrate’s Court today to face murder charges.
Hawk’s Serious Organised Crime Investigation members arrested the woman and her alleged lover on suspicion of murdering police Warrant Officer Mogokolodi Cleopas Digama.
Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said:
“The prime suspect, aged 41, who was married to the deceased, was arrested at her home in Nebo area by the Hawks assisted by Tactical Response Team members. Her accomplice, who is reported to be her boyfriend, was arrested by the same team at Ga-Mashashane. Preliminary investigations revealed that the deceased’s wife has a child with her accomplice.”
Maluleke added that the deceased man was allegedly attacked and murdered by heavily armed suspects in one of the spaza shops in Apel, on his way back home, from work.
“The suspects reportedly drove off in his vehicle, that was later found burnt in Madibong village near Sekhukhune.
“The matter was immediately referred to the Hawks, and a massive manhunt for the suspects was launched. Through an intelligence-driven investigation by the police, two first suspects, Mpusheng Titos Malata, 31, and Nosky Mabitla, 31, were previously arrested in June and July 2021 respectively.”
The deceased’s wife and her accomplice are expected to make their first appearance in the Sekhukhune Magistrate’s Court today to face murder charges.
The provincial head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Thobeka Jozi, has hailed the team for the arrest and the investigation.
Police killings have been at the peak in the province in recent years, especially by the victims’ partners.
In 2021, Detective Constable Mahlatse Precious Machuneni was shot and killed, allegedly by her husband at Ga-Kuranta village.
The officer’s husband also allegedly killed two men on the same night because he suspected they were having an illicit sexual relationship with his wife.
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