Free State murder accused shows cops more shallow graves

2015-10-30 21:34
Police remove the remains of one of  Lentsha Molefe’s victims. (Supplied)

Police remove the remains of one of Lentsha Molefe’s victims. (Supplied)

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Bloemfontein – Free State police exhumed two more graves on Friday at Geduld farm in Kestell. 

This was after murder accused Lentsha Molefe pointed out four shallow graves where he had buried women and children.

Molefe also told police he had burnt a 17-year-old girl. 

Free State police spokesperson Colonel Thandi Mbambo said the alleged burnt body was believed to be Molefe's first victim, who was killed in 2008 and was yet to be found.  

Mbambo said Molefe allegedly strangled the girl after raping her. He feared she would tell her mother, who was his girlfriend.

In 2010, he allegedly strangled and murdered the girl's mother after accusing her of cheating, said Mbambo. 

The woman's body was exhumed on Thursday, together with a 3-year-old boy who was strangled after he allegedly nagged Molefe about his mother's whereabouts, Mbambo said.

In June 2014, Molefe allegedly beat up his second girlfriend's boyfriend and was arrested and given a two-year suspended sentence.

"Thereafter he allegedly strangled and buried her."  

Shallow graves

Later that year in November, Molefe strangled his third girlfriend after accusing her of failing to pay the loanshark money as he had asked her to. 

"The third and the fourth victim were buried adjacent to one another and their bodies were exhumed today [Friday] – one of the women is the mother to his living 4-year-old daughter."

In total, the police have exhumed six bodies.

Molefe was arrested earlier this week after two women's bodies were exhumed from shallow graves, also on Geduld farm.

The gruesome discovery was made by one of the community members at the farm who was searching for scrap metal in the bushes.

He came across two shallow graves opposite each other. The two female bodies were later identified as that of Nomvula Mkhwanazi, 26, from Reitz and Dieketso Lefatsa, 17, from Butha-Buthe in Lesotho.

"In September 2015, he allegedly asked his relative Dieketso Lefatsa to come stay with him, to look after his daughter. Two weeks after her arrival he accused her of gossiping about him to the farm community. He then strangled her and went to bury her next to Mkhwanazi," Mbambo said.    

Police said their investigation revealed that Mkhwanazi was strangled in August and Lefatsa strangled in September.  

Molefe has already appeared in court in connection with those two murders.

He remains in custody and will appear in the Kestell Magistrate's Court in Free State again on November 4.   

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