By Thys Khiba
Stilfontein – Two male suspects who are charged with the murder and believed to be the mastermind behind the murder of Palesa Maruping have been denied bail by the Stilfontein Magistrates Court.
Her murder comes amidst women’s month and the country’s observation of gender-based violence (GBV) across the nine provinces.
This is after they have appeared at the Stilfontein Magistrate Court on Monday 23 August.
Palesa’s body was found hanged inside the bedroom of a house in Khuma Location near Stilfontein, last week Wednesday on 18th of August 2021 at approximately 12:55.
The North West Police Spokesperson, Captain Aafje Botmaconfirmed that during the investigation police officials opened an inquest and later discovered that Palesa was allegedly murdered after engaging with the community members.
“With cooperation of members of the community, police questioned Matevane Mokatsanyane who is the owner of the house where the victim stayed and Tebogo Mokgomo who is the victim’s boyfriend. It was consequently established that the pair allegedly stole the victim’s two cell phones and locked her inside the house. They came back later the same day and allegedly hanged her,” said Captain Aafje Botma.
Community members of Khuma Township came out in numbers to support of the Maruping family as they are still shocked and angry by what took place.
The Community Police Forum (CPF) Chairperson, ThembileBotman continued to send his deepest condolences to the family of Maruping and Mareletse. Botman responded and reacted positively to the fact that the two suspects were denied bail by the Magistrate Court.
Botman said that they will be back in court on the 30th of Augustto support the family of Palesa.
“I appreciate the activism of our people in the community, so that acts like this when they appear in the community will stand up and make sure that they run after this criminals assisting police officials..,” said Botman.
Speaking to Free State Central News, Family Spokesperson William Molapo who is also a brother to the late Palesa said the incident has left them traumatized and in shock as some family memebrs are having sleepless nights.
“No one in this universe deserves to be murdered the way Palesawas killed..,” said Molapo.
Molapo described the late Palesa as a happy soul, easy to get along with and confirmed that she was a loving mother to her 7-year-old daughter.
The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena condemned the incident and pointed that not stone will be left unturned in ensuring that the accused are convicted.
They will remain in custody until their next court appearance on Monday, 30 August 2021 for a formal bail application.
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