Decomposing body of a woman found at R36 Macdonald fruit shop identified, boyfriend arrested

CRIME

By Agreement Mabunda

NAMAKGALE-Decomposing body of a woman found abandoned at an old McDonald’s fruit shop on R36 outside Tzaneen Town on Tuesday, January 23 has been positively identified by police, boyfriend arrested in connection with the murder.

It is reported that on Saturday, January 20 the victim left her parental residence in Namakgale location while driving a white Renault Triber motor vehicle.

On Monday, 22 January 2024 the victim did not return home as she was expected to transport school children.

The matter was then reported at Namakgale SAPS and a missing person case was opened to locate the victim.

On Tuesday, 23 January 2024 police received a complaint about the lifeless body of a woman that was found near a bridge in Tzaneen and rushed to the vicinity.

The body was found in an advanced state of decomposition tied up with wires on both hands and covered with a plastic bag on the head. The body was positively identified by the next of kin at the scene as Mmabore Segala (33) who was reported missing at Namakgale.

An immediate manhunt for the suspect was launched at Mandela village where the boyfriend was residing, but police could not find him. The family of the suspect was located.

Police commenced the investigations in collaboration with a Tracker Company that led to the recovery of the victim’s motor vehicle in Mashavela village under the Giyani policing area.

The motor vehicle was found parked at a house belonging to the girlfriend of the suspect.

The girlfriend informed the police that the suspect told her that he was going to the bank and would use public transport. A 30-year-old male never returned to fetch the motor vehicle until it was recovered and seized by the police.

The suspect was traced and arrested at his hiding in the bushes next to Mashishimale village.

The suspect George Pilusa from Mandela village in Namakgale appeared briefly before the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court on Friday, January 26.

He was remanded in police custody and his case was postponed to next week Tuesday, 30 January 2024 for bail application and further police investigations.

The suspect is facing multiple charges that include murder, carjacking, kidnapping and common robbery.

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