Missing MGI student found murdered

2015-05-26 19:15
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Johannesburg - Midrand Graduate Institute (MGI) student Ipeleng Moholane has been found murdered. 

Moholane's half-naked body was found at President Park in Midrand on Monday, nine days after she went missing. 

"It is suspected Moholane was raped and strangled," said Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

She was last seen boarding a taxi from Pretoria to Midrand following a student church meeting. 

On May 22, 2013, MGI second-year psychology student Philasande Ngum, 19, was found murdered in the veld near President Park, the same spot where Moholane was found. Ngum was abducted from Midrand Mall on May 3.

Her mother received a call a few days later, demanding a R15 000 ransom, which the family paid into their daughter's account. 

At the time, media reported that the kidnapper again contacted the family and said he would not release her because she had threatened him.

Case withdrawn

Dlamini said the an arrest was made in Ngum's matter, but the case was withdrawn during the trial.

"The investigation has not been closed. It's still continuing as there is information on a second suspect."

There had been no reports of any ransom demands in exchange for Moholane's safe return and no arrests had been made yet.

MGI sent its condolences to Moholane's family. 

"The MGI community mourns the untimely passing of Ipeleng Christiane Moholane. Our sincere condolences to her family, relatives and friends," the institution said on its Facebook page. 

Some people responded with disbelief at news of the second murder.

"May her soul rest in peace. It's so sad to see yet another incident like this happening again at MGI," said Shamein Shamza Malepe. 

Meanwhile, another family in Soweto continues searching for their missing daughter, a University of Johannesburg student. 

Palesa Madiba was last seen in August 2013, when she was on her way to UJ’s Soweto campus for her morning classes.

Despite an extensive search, no trace of her has been found.

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