Tshidi Mocheko Lephalale

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Tshidi Mocheko: Boyfriend suspected of murder has been arrested

The suspect is due to appear in court soon.

Tshidi Mocheko Lephalale

Photo: SAPS

Polokwane investigators have confirmed the arrest of Lesiba Zacharia Moabi, the man believed to be responsible for the murder of his girlfriend, the 27-year-old Tshidi Mocheko.

Tshidi Mocheko found dead in Onverwacht yard

Police have been in search of Moabi since the body of Tshidi Moabi was found in the yard of a property belonging to his sister. At the time of the gruesome discovery, Moabi was nowhere to be found.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, Tshidi Mocheko had sustained multiple stab wounds and had been dead for a while. The police arrived on the scene at around 9:00 on Monday 10 February.

Based on the sister’s accounts, it’s believed the last person to see Tshidi Mocheko alive was her brother, the 36-year-old Moadi who was romantically involved with the deceased TVET College student.

Suspect in jail, it’s possible he committed other crimes

It took homicide detectives less than 24 hours to track Moabi down and place him under arrest.

“The suspect was arrested on Monday evening at Marapong Township outside Lephalale town,” Mojapelo revealed.

Initially, Moabi was viewed as a person of interest in the investigation. Homicide detectives had issued a call for Moabi to hand himself over to authorities “to assist in the investigation of this case”.

However, things have escalated in the last 48 hours. Moabi, it seems, has been charged with the murder of Tshidi Mocheko and is expected to make his first appearance at the Lephalale Magistrate’s Court in the near future (the date has not yet been confirmed).

Mojapelo also revealed that there may be a possibility that Moabi was involved in other unsolved cases in the area.

He confirmed that while detectives are combing through evidence in the murder of Tshidi Mocheko, profilers are using Moabi’s key identifiers to see if he has been involved in other serious crimes.

“The suspect is currently being profiled to determine his possible involvement in other serious crimes and is expected to appear in Lephalale magistrate court soon,” Mojapelo added.

The news of Mocheko’s death spread on social media, bringing forth the conversation around gender-based violence (GBV). This is how social media reacted to the TVET College student’s murder: