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Man arrested for the rape and murder of a four-year-old

POTCHEFSTROOM – Kgomotso police apprehended a 26-year-old man on Thursday, 20 May 2021, in connection with the alleged rape and murder of the four-year-old Tshimologo Lotshabeng. The suspect’s apprehension came after Tshimologo’s naked body and clothes were found in the bushes on Sunday, 16 May 2021, at Kgomotso village near Taung.

According to information at our disposal, the suspect was nabbed at his residential place in Jan Kempdorp, Northern Cape. It is alleged that the suspect is a colleague and one of the people who accompanied Tshimologo’s mother from the tavern to her friend’s house where she slept. The suspect allegedly waited for the mother to fall asleep, then kidnapped the child and took her to the nearby bushes where he raped and killed her.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Kgomotso Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 24 May 2021. Investigation into the matter including the possibility of charging the mother, is underway.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of North West, Major General Dintletse Molefe, applauded the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Detectives for the sterling job they did within five days after the gruesome incident was reported. She said further that the brutal killings such as this one cannot be tolerated and that the police will continue to work hard to ensure that the suspect is convicted.

Source: South African Police Service