Foul smell leads to gruesome discovery on Free State farm

2015-10-29 12:46
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Bloemfontein - Lentsha Molefe, accused of murdering two of his live-in girlfriends, appeared briefly in the Kestell Magistrate’s Court in Free State on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old from Lesotho faces two counts of murder and was arrested earlier this week after two bodies were exhumed from shallow graves in Geduld farm in the Kestell district.

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Free State police spokesperson Colonel Thandi Mbambo said one of the community members at the farm was allegedly searching for scrap metals in the bushes when he came across two shallow graves opposite each other last week Wednesday.

“There was a foul smell coming from the graves. He went to call other community members and they opened one grave, where they saw what looked like a human body wrapped in a blanket,” Mbambo said.
The police opened the graves and exhumed two female bodies which were later identified as that of Nomvula Mkhwanazi, 26, from Reitz and Dieketso Lefatsa, 17, from Butha-Buthe in Lesotho, she said.  

“Both bodies were found with ropes around their necks which suggest that they could have been strangled, but post-mortem results will provide a precise cause of death.”

Police said their investigation revealed that Mkwanazi might have been murdered in August and Lefatsa in September.  

The police said they are probing the possibility that Molefe could have murdered and buried five other women.

The case was postponed to November 4 for further investigation.

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