Sad stories of kidnapping
Residents experienced one of the most horrifying stories in the abduction and subsequent murder of a teacher
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.
SUSPECTS: Headman Njekweni and Sfiso Ndamande were remanded in custody after a brief appearance in the Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court.