Lephalale TVET student murder suspect will appear in court

The 35-year-old man will appear in the Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Thursday (today) for the alleged murder of his partner.

His arrest follows an incident in which he allegedly stabbed to death, Jermina Ratau (30) at Mahlakung Informal Settlement in Onverwatcht, Lephalale.

Ratau from Sekhukhuni, Limpopo was a student at TVET College in Lephalale.

Limpopo police spokesperson, Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe confirmed members of the community alerted police and medical emergency services to the incident, saying upon arrival they found the woman with serious stab wounds. She was certified dead at the scene.

“They allege the couple were arguing before the suspect stabbed the woman several times with a sharp object and fled the scene,” said Colonel Ngoepe.

Colonel Ngoepe said police arrested the suspect on Wednesday, March 25.

“The circumstance behind the incident is not known at this stage, but police may not rule out the possibility of a domestic violence.

The Provincial Commissioner Police, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba condemned the incident with the strongest possible terms, adding that police will not allow the continuous acts of gender-based violence still prevalent in some parts of the Province.

In February 12, Lesiba Zacharia Moabi (36) made his first appearance in the same court, accused for brutally killing a 27 year old Lephalale TVET College student, Tshidi Mocheko.

The suspect was arrested at Marapong township in Lephalale. This after the body of the deceased was found in the yard at Onverwacht.

“Couples experiencing difficulties in their relationship for any reason, should seek professional assistance and support. They should  refrain from the violent behaviour,” added General Ledwaba.

Colonel Ngoepe said police investigations are still continuing.

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