Sad sto­ries of kid­nap­ping

Res­i­dents ex­pe­ri­enced one of the most hor­ri­fy­ing sto­ries in the ab­duc­tion and sub­se­quent mur­der of a teacher

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NORTHERN CAPE NEWS - ELFAS TORERAI elfast@the­newage.co.za

NORTH West res­i­dents ex­pe­ri­enced one of the most hor­ri­fy­ing sto­ries in the kid­nap­ping and sub­se­quent mur­der of Mahikeng teacher Thulisiwe Ng­wenya.

Ng­wenya, 56, was a teacher at Lekoko Pri­mary School out­side Mahikeng. She was re­ported miss­ing on Oc­to­ber 22 only for her half-naked body to be found dumped in the bushes just out­side the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict (CBD) days later.

Po­lice have so far ar­rested two men and charged them with kid­nap­ping, mur­der, rape and robbery.

The ac­cused, Head­boy Njok­weni, 51, and Sfiso Ndawande, also 51, were ar­rested in Jo­han­nes­burg af­ter thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the po­lice.

Njok­weni and Ndawande both asked for state le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives and they de­clined to ap­ply for bail cit­ing a hos­tile out­side en­vi­ron­ment.

Their case will be back in court on Jan­uary 19.

The po­lice said the two were found in pos­ses­sion of the de­ceased’s cell­phone and her credit card.

Mahikeng po­lice spokesper­son Capt Yvonne Maqoboza said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were on­go­ing and they hoped to have a strong case at the trial.

“The pair’s ar­rest in Jo­han­nes­burg on Oc­to­ber 30 came af­ter a thor­ough and in­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the team that man­aged to re­cover the de­ceased’s cell­phone,” Maqoboza said.

Ng­wenya was re­ported miss­ing af­ter she did not re­turn home hav­ing left ear­lier to do some trans­ac­tions at one of the lo­cal banks.

Her car was found parked next to the Mahikeng long dis­tance taxi rank on Oc­to­ber 23.

Af­ter days of search­ing, Ng­wenya’s de­com­posed body was found by a shep­herd on Oc­to­ber 25 near Bokone vil­lage in Mahikeng.

The mo­tive for the killing is ex­pected to be made pub­lic once the case goes for trial. The po­lice hinted that they looked for­ward to ar­rest­ing more peo­ple in the case.

How­ever, it was not all kid­nap­ping cases that ended in tears.

An 80-year-old man from Golfview in Mahikeng was found alive af­ter he was kid­napped on June 21.

North West po­lice spokesper­son Brig Sa­bata Mokg­wabone said four peo­ple aged be­tween 27 and 35 were ar­rested and charged with kid­nap­ping.

“The sus­pects were bust in Taung and Mahikeng on June 21 fol­low­ing a tire­less ef­fort by an in­ves­ti­ga­tion team. The vic­tim was kid­napped upon ar­rival at his place in Golfview, Mahikeng, on the evening of June 20.

It is re­ported that the vic­tim had just ar­rived home when a ve­hi­cle stopped in front of his. The ve­hi­cle’s oc­cu­pants pulled him out of his car and put him in­side their car and drove away with him, Mokg­wabone said.

Af­ter the case was re­ported, po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions kicked into gear and the kid­nap­pers were re­ported to have de­manded a ran­som for the re­turn of the old man.

“The sus­pects ran out of luck when the po­lice pounced on three of them at Taung while the fourth was ar­rested in Mahikeng,” Mokg­wabone said.

“The vic­tim was also found alive and un­hurt at a house in Taung af­ter the ar­rest of the three sus­pects.

“The lat­ter were found in pos­ses­sion of a firearm while a sec­ond firearm with a filed off se­rial num­ber was found in pos­ses­sion of the sus­pect who was ar­rested in Tl­habol­ogo vil­lage, near Mahikeng.”

The ac­cused had re­port­edly with­drawn R9000 from the vic­tim’s bank ac­count.

The case is be­ing heard in the Molopo Mag­is­trate’s Court where the ac­cused are charged with kid­nap­ping, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms and robbery. The trial is ex­pected to start in the new year.

PIC­TURE: OTSILE TLAPE

SUS­PECTS: Head­man Njek­weni and Sfiso Ndamande were re­manded in cus­tody af­ter a brief ap­pear­ance in the Mma­batho Mag­is­trate’s Court.

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