Lentswe, Potchefstroom - The Acting Provincial Commissioner of North West, Major General Ryno Naidoo commended a team comprising of Visible Policing, Detectives and K9 Unit for working tirelessly for three days to trace and remove a missing girl’s body from a pit toilet as well as to arrest the suspects.
Capt Aafje Bothma, provincial police spokesperson, said a report was made to the police on Wednesday 3 April that 11-year-old Tlhalefo Mego was missing. “It was alleged that the girl who stayed with her cousin left the house on Sunday 31 March to visit her friend in Gopane village. According to information received, the girl’s cousin also left their place later to go to the other section in the village.
The girl’s cousin arrived back home and found that a window was broken. She later discovered that the girl was not there. She allegedly went to sleep hoping that the girl will return home. The girl was ultimately reported missing on Wednesday, 3 April after she failed to return home.”
The community as well as the police started searching for the girl. Bothma said that information was received that the girl was killed and her body dumped inside a pit toilet. The body was successfully removed from the pit toilet in the morning on Friday 5 April.
Two suspects aged 24 and 25 were arrested later the same day and is expected to appear in the Lehurutshe Magistrates’ Court on Monday 8 April on charges of murder and rape. The Provincial Commissioner expressed his shock about the incident and indicated that the police will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the alleged perpetrators pay for their evil deed.