In a significant development, South African police have achieved a breakthrough by apprehending a 30-year-old traditional healer (Sangoma) connected to the murder of 18-year-old Modjadji Niccol Thoka. Thoka’s deceased body was discovered on January 8, 2024, in Mokomene, Ga-Thoka village, Botlokwa policing area, Limpopo, several days after her disappearance.
Her remains, lacking various body parts such as the head, breasts, hands, and legs, were discovered at the scene, with only the torso identified by a family member after residents raised the alarm. Acting on this information, Provincial and Botlokwa detectives initiated an operation to locate and apprehend the suspect, as stated by police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba.
On the morning of Wednesday, January 17, 2024, the individual was apprehended in Mokomene village. Following a thorough investigation, the suspect reportedly led the team to the location where he had buried the victim’s head. He was promptly arrested on charges of murder. This arrest followed the police being informed about the finding of a deceased woman in an abandoned house.
Upon reaching the location, officers discovered the woman’s highly decomposed body. Colonel Ledwaba stated that subsequent investigations unveiled the dismembered state of the body. Major General Jan Scheepers, the Acting Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, commended the police team for ensuring the arrest of this merciless criminal. He also expressed appreciation for the effective collaboration between the community and the police, which led to the provision of vital information.
We are now relieved that the suspect is arrested and expect more arrests,” concluded Major General Scheepers.
The suspect will appear before Morebeng magistrate’s court soon.
The police investigations are still ongoing.