Woman escapes grave

2016-02-17 06:00
SURVIVED: Moitheri Nthabiseng Mofokeng in the shallow grave, with a pile of stones on her body at the Mabolela Village in Qwaqwa. Photo: Supplied

SURVIVED: Moitheri Nthabiseng Mofokeng in the shallow grave, with a pile of stones on her body at the Mabolela Village in Qwaqwa. Photo: Supplied

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – Moitheri Nthabiseng Mofokeng (32) is slowly recovering in the Mofumahadi Manapo Mopeli Regional Hospital in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa, after being rescued from a shallow grave at the Mabolela Village.

Apparently, she had been discovered by passers-by in a shallow grave with stones piled on her body. Allegedly some of the stones had been removed before the police were called out to the scene.

Express Eastern Free State visited Mofokeng in hospital on Wednesday (10/02), but she was in a critical condition and could not speak.

With the paper’s second visit on Monday (15/02) she said she was feeling better.

She said on the day of her ordeal she had been followed by an unknown man who then attacked her.

“He kept beating me, and then he stabbed me with some dangerous weapon. He then pushed me into the ditch before throwing stones at me,” Mofokeng said.

She said the suspect had left her there, hoping that she had died.

“I called for help, but no one was near enough to hear me. After some time two people who were passing by came to my rescue.

“They removed the stones off my body before they called the police.”

Sgt. Mmako Mophiring, police spokesperson, said on Sunday, 7 February, the police were summoned to a crime scene at the Mabolela Village, where they had found a woman laying in a shallow grave with stones piled on top of her.

He said it was established that the woman had last been seen at a drinking place and left with an unknown man on her way home.

“It is not yet known what exactly happened, nor do we know the reason for the assault. She was tested for possible sexual assault, but it was negative. A case of attempted murder is being investigated,” Mophiring said.

The police request the community to come forth with information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Contact the Phuthaditjhaba police on 058-718-0895 or Crime Stop on 08600-10111.

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