Husband among 5 arrested for murders of Polokwane businesswomen

Husband among 5 arrested for murders of Polokwane businesswomen

- The manhunt for the murderers of two Polokwane businesswomen earlier this month has yielded positive results

- The authorities have confirmed that five suspects have been arrested in connection with this crime

- The suspects had fled the scene of the crime in a vehicle which has now been located by authorities

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The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has announced that arrests have been made in connection with two murdered businesswomen in Polokwane.

The deceased, Makoena Mabusela-Leshabane, aged 46, and Tebogo Mphuti, aged 35, were shot and killed execution-style at Magnavia, Polokwane.

In a statement issued to announce the progress of investigations, Ledwaba confirmed that the manhunt for the killers has resulted in suspects being taken into custody on Thursday:

"In the early hours of this morning, of five suspects aged between 25 and 56 in connection with the murder of two businesswomen in Polokwane on Saturday, 10 October 2020."

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The husband of one of the victims was also connected to the murders. Image: Twitter/ @SAPoliceService
Source: UGC

The manhunt saw numerous entities collaborating to locate those responsible for the crime, which saw the two women shot execution-style:

"The Limpopo Provincial Investigating Team, the Tracking Team and the Magama Investigators conducted a well-coordinated intelligence-driven operation and succeeded in arresting the suspects at different addresses in Ekhuruleni, Elsburg, Katlehong and Germiston."

The getaway vehicle was retrieved by authorities along with other evidence during the raids:

"The red Hyundai Accent, which it is believed was used in the commission of the murders, two firearms, two magazines and 13 live rounds of ammunition were seized during the early raids."

In a shocking twist, it emerged that the husband of one of the businesswomen was implicated in the crime:

"The husband (56) of one of the deceased was later this morning arrested in hospital where he was admitted after he allegedly attempted to commit suicide."

The suspects will now be charged with possession of illegal firearms and ammunition and will be appearing before in Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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In other news, reported that the blood samples taken from Brendin Horner's bakkie don't match those taken from the two men accused of his murder.

The Senekal Magistrate's Court heard thhis during the bail application of Sekola Matlaletsa and Sekwetja on Tuesday.

The prosecutor explained that the DNA of one sample simply had not matched either of the men while the second sample was inconclusive and couldn't be analysed.

DispatchLIVE reports that the DNA samples had been tested by an SA Police Service-accredited private laboratory. More results from evidence found at the scene would take more than a month to finalise.

The prosecutor said the tests were conducted by an SAPS-accredited private laboratory. Joseph Kgoelenya, Mahlamba's lawyer, insisted that there was no concrete evidence linking his client to the murder, adamant that the case was weak and based on circumstantial evidence.

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