Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Bethlehem: The 35 year-old, Tlhoriso Godfrey Mofokeng, appeared briefly in Bethlehem Magistrate court on Monday; 11 October 2021 facing charges of murder, rape and defeating ends of justice.

This comes after the body of a 24 year-old woman from Matwabeng; near Senekal, was found dumped near Liebenbergsvlei River outside Bethlehem. The case has been postponed to the 20th October 2021 for formal bail application, whilst he remains in custody.

The suspect was arrested on 07 October 2021 in Bohlokong; near Bethlehem, by Bethlehem police after thorough investigation was conducted which led to arrest of the suspect in Bohlokong.

The 24 year-old woman from Matwabeng; near Senekal, was last seen on 22 September 2021 by family when she left home to Bethlehem for her identity document. According to the  family, she was phoned many times but they could not get hold of her.

It is alleged that on the 26th September 2021, a community member was passing at an open field when he saw the body of a female person lying on her back, naked and next to her body was her clothes, a blue pair of jean and underwear. A black men’s s waist belt without buckle, which was later found underneath the body of the deceased when it was lifted, was also found.

She sustained an open wound on the left side of the head. Her face was swollen and started decomposing.

A post-mortem was conducted which revealed that she was raped and murdered. Therefore, police were investigating case of rape and murder.