Mangaung municipal murder mystery: No arrests yet, say police

2018-12-28 12:09
Seipati Lechoano (Supplied)

Seipati Lechoano (Supplied)

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Free State police are yet to make any arrests following the death of an administration clerk at the Mangaung anti-fraud department in Bloemfontein.

However, police spokesperson Colonel Thandi Mbambo said they were investigating a case of murder, following the death of Seipati Lechoano.

"Following the investigation into the disappearance of Lechoano, who was reported missing on December 19, and her possible kidnapping, the police made a startling discovery on Monday (December 24) afternoon.

"Our investigations led to a basement parking at Bram Fischer building, which houses Mangaung Municipality where Lechoano worked. Her car was found neatly parked and her body was discovered in the boot," said Mbambo.

'Inconclusive' post-mortem

Lechoano was found with her hands and feet tied up, but her body had no visible injuries.

"A post-mortem was conducted on Thursday and was found inconclusive due to [the] state that the body was found in," said Mbambo.

Further tests would be conducted to establish the exact cause of death.

Police are investigating a case of kidnapping and murder and they have appealed to anyone with information to contact them.

It was earlier reported that Lechoano was employed by the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) and that she was investigating corruption at the municipality.

The SIU has since denied that Lechoano was an employee.

 

 

READ: Mangaung employee found murdered in the boot of her car

Mangaung municipal spokesperson Qondile Khedama confirmed that Lechoano was an employee at the municipality.

"She was a senior administration officer at the City's risk and anti-fraud sub-directorate. She had nothing to do with investigations. We are saddened by her passing and we offer our sincere condolences to her family and everyone close to her.

"We wish to reprimand those who are spreading rumours about our colleague. If anyone has information regarding her death, they should please contact the police in order for those responsible for her death to be brought to book," said Khedama.

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