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Man shoots and killed ex-girlfriend, her mother in North West

by Thys Khiba
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By Thys Khiba – A North West man has been found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her mother at Lonely Park Village, near Mahikeng.

The High Court of South Africa: North West Division found Boitshoko Abednigo Swanepoel, who is a former security officer, guilty of two counts of murder and two of attempted murder.

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This comes after the 38-year-old shot four and killed two family members of Motsatsing on 25 September 2018.

A pre-sentence report is expected to be presented in court on 28 April 2023, followed by sentencing on the same day.  

Evidence presented in court indicates that on 25 September 2018, Swanepoel who was a security officer, reported on duty then left his post without reporting and went to his ex-girlfriend’s home at Lonely Park Village, near Mahikeng,” said North West NPA spokesperson Henry Mamothame.

Motlalepula Motsatsing [ex-girlfriend] had an argument with Swanepoel and was subsequently shot whilst was screaming for her mom to help.

The mother emerged from inside the house to investigate and Swanepoel shot at her.

Both Motlalepula and her mother, Sesenyi Motsatsing, were declared dead on the scene.

One of the survivors came out of his shack to investigate about the shooting incident.

The brother of the deceased was in his shack when the shooting happened, and he went outside to investigate.

Swanepoel then fired shots at him, but he survived the ordeal and died a year later after the shooting incident.”

Whilst he was leaving the yard, Swanepoel was approached by another family member and survivor who was 2-years-old and he shot her.  

“She was rushed for medical attention and survived the ordeal.

Swanepoel was later arrested in Setlagole village and denied bail.


It was confirmed in the court of law that Swanepoel and his ex-girlfriend were in an abusive relationship.

It emerged in court that Swanepoel and Motsatsing’srelationship was characterised by fights and abuse, such that a protection order was granted against him.”

Judge Ronald Hendricks found him guilty on all four counts and he will remain in police custody until the day of sentencing.



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