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Police launch manhunt for 69-year old woman’s killer

Police have launched a manhunt for a Bloemfontein murder suspect after a woman was killed during a house robbery.

Policeman Somerset

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The police in Mangaung Metro have launched a manhunt for the killer of of a 69-year old woman who was murdered during a house robbery in Bayswater near Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

SAPS regional spokesperson for the Free State Lieutenant Colonel Thabo Covane said the woman was murdered in her home in Gelderland Street in Bayswater at around 11.40am.

“According to the husband of the slain victim, he left their home and headed for the pharmacy. The complainant allegedly left his wife with the gardener at home,” Covane said.

“When he arrived back home he found his wife lying in a pool of blood with her throat slit and her hands tied behind her back. He ran around looking for the gardener to whom they had recently offered the job but he was nowhere to be found,” he said.

Covane said the man then reported the murder to the local police.

“The police arrived, secured the scene and a preliminary investigation started. A wallet with undisclosed amount of money was discovered missing and the victim’s handbag was found dropped outside the house inside the yard,” Covane said.

The local police have appealed to members of the public who might have any information that could help the police to arrest the suspect or suspects in connection with the case, to contact Detective Warrant Officer Lebohang Marema on 082 4667 255. 

Alternatively the information can be submitted on MySAPS or by calling the SAPS toll free number 08600 10111.

Police recover copper cable, arrest Eskom employees

Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident police recovered R540 000 worth of copper cable and arrested Eskom employees for cable theft.

SAPS spokesperson, Captain Stephen Thakeng, said that a police captain from the Welkom K9 Unit was on vehicle patrol when he noticed an Eskom bakkie with copper cable loaded on the 23 November 2021 at about 11:00 in Lindsay Road in Welkom.

“The bakkie was approached and two employees of Eskom were found and were asked documents (that would allow them) to be in possession of such large quantity of copper cable in the mine premises,” he said.

He said a preliminary investigation revealed that the copper cable had been stolen from an Eskom workshop in Alma Road which was confirmed by the manager. 

“The two employees aged 38 and 40 years old were arrested for possession of suspected copper cable (in a an) Eskom bakkie and Mercedez truck with a crane,” he said.

He said police had seized 170 metres of copper cable with an estimated value of R540 000 .

The suspects will appear in the Welkom Magistrates Court on the 25 November 2021