Teen found dead, Limpopo police investigate 'ritual murder'

2017-07-07 17:35
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Malamulele - Police in Limpopo have expressed concern over an increasing number of "ritual murders" in the province.

This comes after a teenage girl was found dead with missing body parts in Gumbani village near Malamulele.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said incidents of ritual murders that have become a scourge and requires strong partnerships with all stakeholders.

In the latest incident, the police in Malamulele have launched a massive manhunt after the mutilated body of a 16-year-old girl was found in the bushes next to Shingwedzi River on Friday.

"The deceased, Rithandzu Manganyi from Gumbani village, went missing on July 2 at about 13:00 when she left her home to relieve herself in the nearby bushes next to the river," said Mojapelo.

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She never returned.

"Her dismembered body was found by young boys when they went for fishing in the same river," said Mojapelo.

The motive for this murder is unknown but ritual murder cannot be ruled out, said police.

Similar incidents in which people, especially women, go missing and are later found dead have become worrying, especially in the Vhembe and Mopano Districts.

Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Nneke Ledwaba called on communities to assist police.

"The police will not rest until all perpetrators and their accomplices are brought to book," said Ledwaba.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Crime Stop number 08600 10111.

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