University of Limpopo lecturer

University of Limpopo associate professor and accountant, Saber Tayob Mohammed.
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Major breakthrough in investigation of slain University of Limpopo lecturer

Police have reported a major breakthrough in the murder investigation of University of Limpopo lecturer who was shot earlier this year.

University of Limpopo lecturer

University of Limpopo associate professor and accountant, Saber Tayob Mohammed.
Photo: Facebook/Capricorn Magazine

The Provincial Organised Crimes Unit has made a major breakthrough in the investigation on University of Limpopo lecturer Professor Mohamed Saber Tayob who was killed whilst he was jogging in Polokwane. 

Professor Tayob 51, was jogging along the Muninik road next to Sterpark affluent suburb of Polokwane in the morning of Sunday 13 March 2022 when a sedan stopped next to him and the suspect disembarked and shot him several times at point blank.


According to Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, a suspect who is currently in custody for the murder of two other people and a robbery at BMW car dealership in Polokwane, was on Thursday 23 June 2022 positively linked and charged for the murder of a University of Limpopo Professor who was killed whilst jogging earlier this year.

A case of murder was registered at Polokwane police station when Professor Tayob who joined the University of Limpopo as a senior lecturer of accounting and auditing was killed and the docket was then taken over by the Organised Crimes Unit. 

Police said the suspect, aged 33, was first arrested soon after killing a customer at the BMW car dealership in Polokwane during a business robbery. He was followed up until the new BMW he had just robbed ran out of fuel next to the old Peter Mokaba Stadium. He was found inside the said vehicle and two firearms were recovered.


Spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo said the initial probe that was conducted at the scene revealed that the same suspect had allegedly killed someone who was reportedly building for him. 

Mojapelo added that on  01 April 2022 the suspect allegedly arrived at the deceased’s home at Mabocha village under Tubatse policing area outside Burgersfort and used a cellphone to call him out of the house. He then shot him at point blank. It later transpired that he did not pay the victim for the building work. 

Four days later, on 04 April 2022, the suspect reportedly entered the BMW dealership, allegedly wielding two guns and ordered everyone to lie down. He in the process demanded the car keys from the Manager. Before fleeing in a new BMW, he allegedly shot and killed a 57-year-old man who had reportedly brought his car for service.

“At the time of his arrest, the suspect was found in possession of the other motor vehicle car keys and a follow up probe led to the discovery of the said vehicle that was parked at one of the overnight accommodations in Polokwane. This vehicle matched the one whose occupant killed the Professor.

“Further expert information that was obtained during police investigations positively linked the suspect to the murder of the Professor.” 

Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo

The suspect is expected to appear in Polokwane magistrate court soon for the murder of the University of Limpopo lecturer. He will also again appear in Tubatse magistrate court on Friday, 24 June 2022 for murder and in Polokwane magistrate court on Friday 01 July 2022 for the murder of a 57-year-old man at the car dealership.

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