22 September 2020
NELSPRUIT A 19-year-year-old Mpumalanga man will today appear in court in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old teenage girl who was murdered, and her body was found dumped in a pit-toilet over the weekend.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said the young girl was last seen by her family on 16 September 2020. He said the teenage girl’s family “only realised that there was something bad which might have happened to her the next day after they received threatening messages” via cell phone as well as a demand for ransom in exchange for her release.
“The amily then notified the police who opened a case of kidnapping and an investigation began. On Saturday, 19 September 2020, her lifeless body was discovered by a family member inside a pit-toilet at her residence,” said Hlathi.
“Police were notified about the discovery and upon arrival at the scene, they opened a murder case. The police worked tirelessly in search for her killers and made a breakthrough today by arresting a suspect who has been fingered in the case. It is believed that the girl might have been drugged prior to her death, however a postmortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.”
Hlathi said the arrested man is expected to appear at the Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court today, facing a charge of murder.
“Police cannot rule out a possibility of adding more charges upon the suspect,” said Hlathi.