Man arrested after reporting girlfriend’s murder

Schoemansdal police responded to a report of murder in the early hours of Monday and found a 21-year-old woman lying in a pool of blood in her parental home.

According to Sgt Nompilo Qwabe, Thulani Sibiya (24) called the Schoemansdal Police Station and told police that his girlfriend had been killed.

He stated that he and his girlfriend were sleeping when two unknown men forcefully entered the bedroom and hacked his girlfriend to death.

The suspects then allegedly blindfolded him and took him into the bush where they threatened to kill him.

Sibiya said that they were disturbed by a community member passing by and he managed to escape.

Police started investigating and found out that Sibiya was seen assaulting his girlfriend the previous day.

According to Qwabe, he confessed that he killed his girlfriend because she was cheating on him with another man.

Sibiya was arrested on a charge of murder and appeared in the Boschfontein Periodical Court on Tuesday. He was remanded in custody and will appear in court for a formal bail application on Tuesday.

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Business owners and community members are urged to increase their security measures in the run-up to the festive season.

Traditionally an increase in theft, burglaries and robberies are experienced during this time.

Police are looking for three suspects who broke into a bottle store in Tonga on Monday. They stole cash, a surveillance system CPU, office computer CPU and monitor, with a total value of R66 500.

Two suspects armed with firearms and one with a knife forced the store’s guard into the guardroom.

The suspect with the knife kept watch over the guard and allegedly stabbed him once in the shoulder.

The other two broke into the store and got the loot before they all fled.

Anyone with information can contact Tonga SAPS on 082-448-9481 or their nearest police station.

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On Friday morning, 10 armed robbers attacked guards at a Jeppes Reef pension pay point.

The guards were rounded up while they were depositing money at the Sassa machines and the suspects then held up the driver at the security vehicle. They tried to open the back of the vehicle but when they failed, they returned to the machines and broke them open instead.

They fled with the cash they could get from the machines.

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One security official was held hostage but was pushed out of the vehicle when the suspects exited the premises’ gates. They also randomly fired shots as they were leaving.

A Sassa vehicle was stolen but quickly abandoned. They escaped in a brown Mercedes-Benz.

Anyone with information on the incident or the suspects can contact Capt Busisiwe Kunene on 082-448-952.

Retha Nel

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