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  • Updated: October 14, 2023

South Africa: Teens Arrested Over Murder

South Africa: Teens Arrested Over Murder

Three young males aged 15 to 17 have been detained in Limpopo, South Africa in connection with the kidnapping and murder of an e-hailing driver.

Authorities said the deceased body of the Bolt driver was discovered in the Westernburg neighbourhood on October 9.

The first suspect, a 17-year-old kid, was apprehended on Tuesday in Ladanna, outside Polokwane, following an intelligence-led operation conducted by members of the SAPS Polokwane Crime Intelligence Unit in partnership with Westernburg Detectives.

Colonel Malesela Ledwaba of the provincial police said two of his accused accomplices, aged 15 and 16, were arrested on Friday after turning themselves in with their parents.

“The hijacked motor vehicle was found abandoned on the park at Ladine in Polokwane,” said Ledwaba.

According to preliminary investigations, the suspects requested to be transported via the ride-hailing app Bolt.

“It is alleged along the way they stabbed the driver to death and afterwards burnt and dumped the body on a newly developed site near the Place of Safety Shelter in the Westenburg Policing area.”

Ledwaba said the victim has been identified.

Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, said it was troubling that minors were implicated in this heinous act.

"All of the arrested suspects in this heinous crime were minors, which is extremely concerning that our children are now involved in such criminal activities.

"This exhibits an unbelievable lack of moral fibre."

Following the conclusion of the diversion programmes with the probation officer and social workers, the suspects are anticipated to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court in due course.

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