Two held for teacher’s murder

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TWO men have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a North West teacher, Thuli Ngwenya.

The two were nabbed in Johannesburg as the North West police felt they had made a breakthrough in the murder case that riled Mahikeng and the country at large.

Spokesperson Capt Yvonne Maqoboza said a dedicated team of detectives working together with crime intelligence apprehended the men on Monday. “The police made a major breakthrough by arresting two suspects aged 50 and 51 in a case in which Thulisile Ngwenya was kidnapped and murdered,” Maqoboza said.

“The pair’s arrest in Johannesburg on Monday, came after a thorough and intensive investigation by the team that managed to recover the deceased’s cellphone.” Ngwenya, 56, who was a teacher at Lekoko Primary School outside Mahikeng, was reported missing on October 22.

The missing person’s report was made on Saturday after Ngwenya did not return home after she had gone to one of the local banks earlier that day.

Her car was found parked next to the Mahikeng long distance taxi rank on Sunday. After days of searching, Ngwenya’s decomposed body was found by a shepherd on October 25 near Bokone village, Mahikeng.

“The suspects are expected to appear in the Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday facing charges of kidnapping and murder,” Maqoboza said.

Police commissioner Lt-Gen Baile Motswenyane applauded the team for working around the clock to track and apprehend the suspects.

She expressed hope that a successful conviction would be secured and that the pair be subjected to punishment befitting the heinous crime they committed.