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Man appears for double murder of young boys

A close relative of one of the boys was arrested together with three local sangomas following the discovery of the bodies.

A 37-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of two boys outside Ga-Chuene, Thokgoaneng, appeared before the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court on Monday, reports the Bosveld Review.

The suspect, a close relative of one of the boys, was arrested together with three local sangomas following the discovery of the bodies of the two boys, Petrus Shoka, 7, and his friend, Samuel Ngobeni, 10, said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.

“The two bodies were found by a passerby, who then reported the discovery to the police,” said Ngoepe. He stated the police acted swiftly in recovering the bodies. It was found that they had sustained multiple head injuries.

Ngoepe said they could not confirm if the murders were ritual killings, adding that the postmortem results would hopefully provide more answers.

The three sangomas, aged 25, 39 and 46, have since been released.

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The suspect charged with two counts of murder will reappear before the court on December 12. He will remain in custody until then, concluded Ngoepe.

Caxton News Service

 

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