Man appears for Limpopo farm murder

2015-01-12 15:34

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Johannesburg - A man accused of killing a 76-year-old woman on a farm near Lephalale appeared in the local magistrate's court on Monday, Limpopo police said.

The matter was postponed to 19 January for a formal bail application, police spokesperson Ronel Otto said.

Phillip Kgoantha, 22, faces charges of murder and theft after he allegedly killed his employer Susan Kotze last week. Her body was discovered on Tuesday evening by relatives, after they failed to reach her, Otto said.

"Police were called and when they broke into the house the body was discovered. It would seem as if she had been strangled with a wire coat hanger," Otto said.

Kgoantha allegedly fled the scene with two cellphones, a small amount of cash and Kotze's bakkie.

He was arrested at his uncle's home in Northam on Friday.

"The suspect worked on a nearby farm, but was dismissed earlier this month. He allegedly asked her for employment and she apparently agreed to let him perform small jobs around the yard," Otto said.


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