Missing North West cop found dead, vehicle torched

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  • A North West policeman who went missing on Wednesday while on is way to visit his sister has been found dead.
  • Constable Thato Makhoana, 26, was last seen leaving Mahikeng to visit his sibling in Zeerust.
  • His body was later found with bullets wounds hours after he had left Mahikeng.

 

A North West policeman, who went missing on Wednesday while on his way to visit his sister, has been found dead.

Constable Thato Makhoana, 26, was last seen leaving Mahikeng to visit his sibling in Zeerust. 

His body was later found with bullets wounds, hours after he had left Mahikeng. 

His vehicle was later found torched. 

Police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said a 72-hour activation plan had been launched to bring the perpetrators to book. 

North West police commissioner Lieutenant-General Sello Kwena was devastated by the incident. 

Kwena condemned the murder of Makhoana who was off-duty when he was killed. 

He also conveyed his condolences to Makhoana's family, relatives and colleagues. 

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"Makhoana's lifeless body was found at approximately 18:00 on Wednesday along the road in the vicinity of Klippan farm near Slurry, outside Mahikeng, with what appeared to be gunshot wounds on the body. 

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"According to information at our disposal, Makhoana who was stationed in Mmabatho, indicated in the morning on Wednesday that he was on his way to visit his sister in Zeerust.

"A missing person enquiry was ultimately registered at Mahikeng police station after Makhoana failed to either arrive in Zeerust or answer his cellphone. The victim's vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, was later found torched in Majemantsho Village in the policing precinct of Lomanyaneng," Mokgwabone said. 

He added the Hawks were investigating the matter. 

"Kwena thanked the Ottoshoop Community Police Forum for their co-operation. We are appealing to anyone who may have any information that can lead to the arrest, or assist in the investigation, to contact the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Modise Thaga, at 082 374 2417 or call the Crime Stop number at 086 00 10111," said Mokgwabone.

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