Body of missing 'sex slave' found

2012-03-19 14:26

Bloemfontein - Free State police have found the body of a woman believed to have been kidnapped in Welkom by illegal miners and kept underground as a sex slave.

Captain Stephen Thakeng said relatives identified the body as that of Rethabile Motsheremeli, 28, from Teya Teyaneng in Lesotho.

She was still wearing a T-shirt she had on the day of her disappearance.

Police formed a task team last week after Motsheremeli’s sister urged the police and Lesotho government officials to help search for her sister, who disappeared on March 10.

She alleged that women were being used as sex slaves underground in Welkom by zama-zamas, which is slang for illegal miners in the mining industry.

Four women apparently visited their boyfriends at Welkom’s number one mine on the Saturday night. They were apparently kidnapped by a group of men working as illegal miners.

Thakeng said three of the women escaped, but a 28-year-old woman was caught again and forced to a nearby field.

On Sunday, men hunting hares near Jabulani village, next to the Welkom graveyard, discovered her decomposing body in a water ditch.

Police were alerted and took the body to the Welkom mortuary. Two illegal miners were detained for questioning on Sunday.

  • Marion - 2012-03-19 14:33

    Incredibly sad. RIP.

      methedex - 2012-03-19 14:43

      But nooooooooooo, Zuma doesn't want the death penalty. Evil won't be stopped with votes and nice talking. we need to hang these guys up by their nuts!

      Clarve - 2012-03-19 15:38

      Methedex - It's the constitution that does not allow for the death penalty.

      Liesbet - 2012-03-19 15:39

      @methedex :).... just give those skollies to the girls' family... much better than the death penalty... :)

      Clarve - 2012-03-19 15:48

      P.S. Have fun down-voting a fact. ;)

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-19 15:51

      @clarve its a forum i don't think anyone cares about the thumbs up or downs. so P.S it's all good!

      Clarve - 2012-03-19 15:55

      @Randomhero If people didn't care, they wouldn't click.

      Melanie - 2012-03-19 16:15

      @Clarve - This is not a popularity contest.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-19 16:16

      plausible, but generalizing of what people like and dislike (clicking in this case) is inconsistent, quite frankly i barely click and i have a sense of sadness(this article) which means i care, right? well at least according to me... you see my argument? P.S its all good!

      Clarve - 2012-03-19 16:21

      @Melanie - I never implied it was. I stated a fact, not an opinion. And if I know a thing or two about News24 users, a lot of them hate facts. I was acknowledging this.

      Clarve - 2012-03-19 16:24

      @Random - I hear your argument. All good, dude!

      TSR01 - 2012-03-19 17:24

      @Clarve & Randomhero; kidnapping, rape, and murder are all unconstitutional. So try justify allowing any criminal to perform any of those unconstitutional acts and get away with a slap-on-the-wrist prison sentence, with free accommodation, free food, and free exercise - all provided by hardworking tax payer. Don't even try to justify it. The death penalty needs to be brought in for serious criminal activity to effectively curb it. Petty theft can land you in prison, yet so does murder. What is the difference between a thief and a murderer? The security used to keep them in prison, and the time they spend there. Why are we paying to keep killers alive and well? If they take life without cause (eg. not self-defense), they do not deserve to keep theirs. Or, you're both trolls who should be permanently banned from News24.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-19 19:08

      @tsr01 dude read comments thoroughly and understand them before you comment on something we probably agree on.

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-08-20 15:18

      Have a snap referendom and you'll have the death penlty back in a flash. I'll be the first to vote.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-03-19 14:39

    The sickness of this society is astonishing. Shame. RIP

  • Schmee - 2012-03-19 14:40

    Hope they search underground, bet you they will find more that are being kept alive. Sick people.

  • earthula - 2012-03-19 14:44

    It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

  • Mable - 2012-03-19 14:47

    Y am I not suprised to read about somethin like dis?

  • Mable - 2012-03-19 14:47

    things will get better when Juju is president :-) lol lol lol

      Ken - 2012-03-19 14:54

      F off and die you disgusting creature

      Lele - 2012-03-19 15:01

      you are sick

      dumisiledee - 2012-03-19 15:17

      You're exactly like this sickos who did this despicable act

      Peter - 2012-03-19 15:28

      Mable --- I think the problem here is making a joke in the first instance and, secondly, making the one you chose. Just like the Red Bull ad --- utterly bad taste!

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-19 15:54

      mable syrup be trolling hard...

  • Skuiter - 2012-03-19 14:54

    suddenly i dont feel so bad for these sick demented fsks that died and who's bodies where left to rot underground...sick species.

  • Ari - 2012-03-19 15:01

    Put them back underground and cause a small landslide to happen when leaving the old mine. Oh dear, another accident and the old mine is now permanently closed.

  • Trudi - 2012-03-19 15:26

    I read about this woman last week and was wondering what had happened to her. Now l know. Well these zama zma's die in the mines - last year it was 200 the other day 20. They just get left there. Jungle justice!

  • Mashudu - 2012-03-19 15:27


  • Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-19 15:29

    Deport the illegal minors

  • ntshavhenit - 2012-03-19 15:42

    RIP Rethabile, the must take harsh action against those who are responsible for her death.

  • Andre - 2012-03-19 15:48

    Why is it taking so long for the government to close down these illegal mining? If the government had the will to do something about it they can sort it out in less than a week. They have all the means and power to do so!

  • Gavin - 2012-03-19 15:49

    This Zama Zama thing is getting out of hand (the monster is going to become too large to handle....)- I can remember years ago someone postulated that we put our prisoners under ground.... well maybe thats not a bad idea...

  • zuko.skitasi - 2012-03-19 15:51

    This is just the tip of the ice berg,apparently its common for illegal miners to abduct women in the mining communities,most are never caught,since they virtually have no identity.Remember these guys can disappear for months underground,they have people food vendors down there,cigerettes,weed and even alcohol is accessible.

      Heiku - 2012-03-19 16:17

      Let's just close the hole they use as an exit and call it a day?

  • Arnold - 2012-03-19 16:06

    Zama-zamas or Zuma-zumas. Any difference?

  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-19 16:07

    @Edwardsch. Your name has a German ring in it. Little wonder that you could follow my input. Eight (8) out of three (3) did. However, to come to your rescue, I didn't spare thugs who did ghastly deed to the deceased. I was, in a simple and lucid language, saying other than bemoaning the death of the young woman, the family could sue and since they come from Lesotho and mostly likely poor and/or unfamiliar with our legal system, local attorneys body (i.e. THe Free State and Northern Cape Law Society) should take up the matter on the family's behalf by instructing one of its members (i.e. a lawyer or law firm) to take up the matter for free (i.e. pro bono). Tell me if you still don't underatnd. I will make it more simple to you.

  • Jeffrey - 2012-03-19 16:13

    Who cares, they are just concerned with mangaung finish.with modern technology no one can be invisible. let us hold Min of minerals responsible for any mine related acts (operating or not), then the situation will be controlled.cry blood my Africa. who are they working for.ZUMA ZUMA

  • Christopher - 2012-03-19 16:14

    blow up the mines with them in...

  • Mufamadi Zwivhuya - 2012-03-19 16:20

    Our woman are no longer safe in this country. Pls Mr President do something.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-19 16:38

    @Edwardsch. You uncouthed and I have come to conclude that in your world vulgar takes over logic. It beats my mind how you deny yourself knowledge by ignoring a noble advise? However, like a typical German (read moron), you probably refused to accept that black person upped an ante and be so knowledgeable. Despite your advise to Andrew, you have not discarded yourself of "super race" mentatlity as no amount of generic layers you have gone through will delude the syndrome.

      edwardsch - 2012-03-20 11:34

      Take a hike idiot!!!!

  • K0BUSL - 2012-03-19 16:38

    Surprising how the Police could quickly catch 2 Illegal Miners for a "sex Murder" but do not trouble to catch them for their initial criminal act of ILLEGAL MINING. or am I missing something????

      ryan.hamaty - 2012-03-20 16:58

      hahahaha true, prob getting a kickback somehow, a maybe "a little finger in the cookie jar"

  • Ben - 2012-03-19 17:14

    makes me so sick. death penalty is the only punishment that might stop the problem from the root- the consiquences wil be too high

  • petra.nicol - 2012-03-19 17:29

    Go in Peace Rethabile..... My sympathies to her loved ones - I hope she did not have any children to have lost their Mom. I am lost for words that "people" (very loosely used term) believe they have the right to remove a someone else's right to free choice by force like this (& then murder her to boot....).... sick, sick, sick..... :(

  • robyne.peel.9 - 2012-08-20 15:26

    @Methedex- Can you just imagine all the innocent people that could be put to death. I watch (USA) documentaries about people that have been sitting on death row for decades and are found innocent. USA a 1st world country, and you honestly think that our judicial system is ready for that. Do you get a "get out of the noose free card" if you have liver or kidney names mentioned.The only thing the death penalty will do is give the corrupted more power (power of life) and that is scary.

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