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Four bodies, two murder cases in two days in Mthatha

Mthatha police station ranked 25 in the country in terms of murder cases report in the first three months of the year.

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Police in Mthatha have called on the public for assistance after four bodies have been discovered by police in Kaplani Village just two days apart.

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In the latest murder case, two bodies were discovered floating in a dam around the village on Monday afternoon. The deceased identified as Lunga Feya (27), and Luthando Thingithingi (34), were discovered to have sustained multiple injuries.

While on Saturday evening, police were alerted to a burnt vehicle that has been identified to be belonging to the Department of Correctional Services. Two bodies, burnt beyond recognition were discovered inside the vehicle. The bodies are yet to identified.

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Provincial Commissioner Nomthetheleli Mene has condemned the incidents, and has immediately activated a task team to track, trace and arrest the suspects involved in both cases.

‘I have faith in the team and we will not rest until there is a breakthrough. We appeal to the communities to work with the police, and to report any information that can assist in the investigation “, she says.


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Just over a week ago, Police minister Bheki Cele released the country’s latest crime stats for the first three months of the year. It revealed that 6289 murders were reported between January and March.

The Eastern Cape recorded the third highest number of murders in the country with 1112 murders, coming behind KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng who had 1589 and 1556 murders respectively.

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Provincially, Mthatha police station falls within the top six in the Eastern Cape for murder and ranked 25 nationally. In the first quarter of the year, 33 murders were reported in the area.