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Three busted for suspected ritual murder


PRETORIA — An Indian couple and an associate were arrested at Eltivillas in Makhado for a suspected ritual murder on Saturday morning.


“Shoppers at an Indian shop in Makhado were shocked when a man stormed into a shop, reached for a freezer where he took out a human arm,” the Limpopo South African Police Services (SAPS) said in a statement.

The police were then notified and the man was arrested on the spot. The man then told the police that he went to the owner of the shop to demand his share of R70 000 and a VW Golf vehicle which he was promised for his role in the commission of the murder.

The 38-year-old man from Thengwe village then led the police to a nearby mountainous area where the mutilated body of a woman was found.

“An arm, eyes and private parts were missing and the investigation to establish their whereabouts is well underway. The man also confessed that the woman, who is believed to be a Pakistani resident, was killed on Wednesday last week after she was made to believe that she was going to be prayed for in the mountains,” the SAPS said.

The boyfriend of the deceased, who is also implicated in the murder, is still at large and a manhunt has been launched to bring him to book.

The couple, aged 62 and 60, together with the accomplice, will appear before the Makhado Magistrates’ Court on Monday facing a murder charge.

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