Death still a mystery

2018-03-21 06:01

The Bloemfontein police are investigating the mystery death of Palesa Lepheane (39) who resided in Phase 6, Bloemfontein.

Her partly decomposed body was discovered by the police, accompanied by some of her family members, on 5 March.

Sgt Ikobeng Hlubi, spokesperson of the Mangaung Police Cluster, said the prime suspect was a man who Lepheane had a love affair with.

The suspect, Mosalane Modise (33), is currently out on bail which was granted at his court appearance on 8 March.

Hlubi said Modise briefly appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court facing a charge of murder.

“The suspect was apparently the deceased’s boyfriend,” Hlubi said.

Hlubi would not give details pertaining to the bail amount and conditions, if any.

Modise was reportedly arrested two days after the police discovered Lepheane’s body. He reportedly resides in the settlement and is a member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

The suspect is expected to reappear in court on 24 April.

On the day of the discovery of the body, Hlubi said the police were called to a house where they found it covered with blankets on the floor.

“We cannot further disclose what the police found at the scene,” Hlubi said. It is not clear how Lep­heane was murdered and any motive thereof. She was buried on 10 March in Bloemfontein.

Lepheane is survived by her two children, a son who is a first-year student and a daughter who is in high school, as well as her mother and four siblings.

According to a close associate, the deceased was last seen with family members on 3 March at her family home.

The associate said family members went to check on the deceased on the night of 4 March as they were gravely concerned as her cellphone was switched off.

“Palesa never switched off her phone or ignored to call back if she had missed calls on her phone,” said the associate.

Apparently, family members alerted the police upon finding the gate locked and the lights still on on Monday, 5 March.

Express learnt the police used force to gain access to the house, making the gruesome discovery of Lepheane’s body covered with blankets in one of the bedrooms.

Her body was reportedly in such a condition that only a few family members were allowed to see her.

A series of messages expressing shock about Lepheane’s alleged murder were shared on Facebook.

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