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Limpopo hotel owner burnt to death, manhunt launched

Police say they were alerted of an incident which suggested that there was trouble in the premises in the Sekhukhune District.

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Limpopo police have launched a manhunt after the burnt bodies of an elderly business women and her nephew were discovered on Saturday.

The brutal attack occurred a hotel near the small town of Ohrigstad. Police spokesperson Malesela Ledwaba says according to eyewitnesses a man wearing a balaclava was seen fleeing the area.

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“When police arrived at the scene, they found two burnt bodies of white 73 year old male and a 77 female inside two different houses,” said Ledwaba.

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Ledwaba has said the motive for the killing is unknown and no arrests have been made.

Provincial Commissioner Thembi Hadebe condemned the brutal yet senseless attack and the subsequent killing, calling upon anyone with information to contact Police.

“Anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward and assist in arresting the suspect by calling Detective Lieutenant Colonel Richard Boshomane on 079 894 5501 or Warrant Officer Phaladi Makola on 0827492233 or Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or nearest police or my SAPSApp”, she said.

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Last month Police Minister Bheki Cele released the country’s latest crime stats for the months of January 2023 to March 2023. The stats revealed an increase in murders within the same period last year with 6 289 murders occurring in the first three months of this year.

Limpopo recorded one of the lowest murder rates, with 249 murders recorded, with Free State and Northern Cape recording lower murder rates with 218 and 85 respectively.

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KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Gauteng recorded the highest murder rates in the country with over 1000 murders occurring in each of the provinces in the first three months of the year.