Woman, girl found murdered in Ermelo

They were found murdered in unrelated cases.

The police in Ermelo are looking for suspects who murdered a 59-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl.

Identified as Anna Lisaia Ntuli, the 59-year-old was found in the bushes of the Ermelo township of Nyibe on Tuesday night this week.

Police investigators say it looks like she was strangled then dumped in the bush.

Dimpho Malevu, who attended Laerskool Ermelo, was from the Ermelo township of Phumula and was reported missing on 29 July 2018 by her parents.

A day later, the 13-year-old was found murdered, dumped in an open field in the Ermelo area on the Hendrina Road.

Anyone with information regarding Mama Ntuli’s murder should call the cops on 017 819 2321 or 082 373 8389. For Dimpho, call investigators on 071 819 2331or 082 373 8389.

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91-year-old Carolina man gets 12 hefty life sentences

The man is a traditional healer and has been raping children in the area.

A 91-year-old man from Carolina, east of Ermelo, has been given 12 life sentences for raping children.

The rapes were committed a decade ago but finally justice is served.

Police said the nonagenarian Johannes Malinga was sentenced on 27 July 2018 by the Carolina Regional Court. These rapes were committed between 2006 and 2007.

“The court heard how Malinga, who claimed to be a traditional healer, sexually exploited children aged between seven and nine that were brought to him to be healed. Some of the children slept over at his house so that he could perform the rituals/rites and in the process Malinga took advantage and raped them. Three of the victims were also assaulted seriously by the accused,” police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said.

The children’s parents noticed some strange behaviour from the kids and investigations pointed to Malinga.

“They then took the children for medical examination and rape was indeed confirmed. Twelve children came forth and opened cases, hence the 12 life sentences.

“Malinga was further granted a three year sentence for each of the three assault cases however, the court ordered that all the sentences will run concurrently,” Hlathi said.

Hlathi said this was evident that police, the National Prosecuting Authority and the Judiciary were working tirelessly to ensure that criminal elements were being removed from society.

“A number of offenders were sent to prison for very lengthy periods including, inter-alia, life sentences for various offences, among them offences against women and children,” Hlathi said.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma welcomed the sentences and hailed the cooperation of the three entities in securing these sentences. He said he believed the sentences would serve as a deterrent to other would-be criminals.

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Man in court for scamming Sars

The scam is alleged to have occurred during the time he did work for the Mpumalanga government.

The Hawks have nabbed a tenderpreneur in the Mpumalanga province, charging him with fraud.

The businessman is identified as Robert Ngomane and is accused of causing a loss of R500 000 to the revenue services.

Hawks spokeswoman Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said Ngomane made a brief appearance at the Mbombela Magistrates Court a week ago and will return on 10 May 2018.

She said through his company – Vinoja Trading – the 49-year-old businessman allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices to Sars in order to evade tax payment.

The Hawks said this happened after Ngomane’s company received a contract worth R4m from the provincial health department.

“Sars then suffered a loss of R500 000 due to the submission of the fraudulent invoices,” Sekgotodi said.

This allegedly occurred between the year 2010 and 2013.

Ngomane was served with a notice to appear before court and his case was postponed to 10 May to allow cops time to do further investigation.

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“We were forced out of armoured truck,” G4S guards

The truck was travelling between Sabie and White River on Saturday mid-day.

G4S guards have told cops that ten armed men in a Toyota single cab bakkie forced them to stop and then out of the armoured company truck.

Once out of the truck, the guards were told to lay down on the ground while the men searched them before setting explosives on the truck.

The guards told police that while travelling between Sabie and White River on Saturday mid-day after collecting money they heard gunshots on the right-side of their navy armoured truck.

They said the shots forced them to stop – once they have stopped they “saw a white Toyota single cab bakkie with about ten armed men moving towards the armoured vehicle forcing them out of their vehicle”.

“They were instructed to lay on the round with their faces down,” police spokeswoman Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said.

“The victims further said that while laying on the ground the suspects threw explosives inside the armoured vehicle but did not succeed with their mission. The suspects then left the scene,” she said.

A 9mm pistol and a cellphone belonging to the guards disappeared. No one was injured and the polices search for the men continues.

"We were forced out of armoured truck," G4S guards

This is a third incident of cash-in-transit heist to occur in on week in the eHlanzeni area.

– On Friday (13 Apr) an armoured vehicle heading towards Kamhlushwa from Schoemansdal was forced out of its way. The G4S guards noticed a silver BMW sedan and a gold Volkswagen Amarok bakkie following them at high speed. The men in the BMW drove parallel to the vehicle and forced the driver to halt at gunpoint. In the process, the security guards also noticed that there were other vehicles, including a black BMW, which were blocking the road with a group of men armed with rifles and the G4S vehicle was blasted before the men began fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

– In Pienaar trust on Tuesday morning (09 Apr) two Fidelity security vehicles were robbed of cash while travelling to pension paypoints. The guards noticed a white Toyota bakkie following them. One of the Fidelity vehicles was cornered at Zwelisha and the thugs in the bakkie were joined by others in a white BMW. They blasted the security van and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The police search for the thugs in all three incidents.

Anyone with information should call the cops on 082 565 6417, 071 481 2802 or 08600 10111.

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Mbombela man in court for shooting wife, mom-in-law

He had been on the run until his arrest this week.

A 44-year-old man made a brief appearance at the Kabokweni Magistrates Court for the murder of his wife and mother-in-law.

The 39-year-old wife and his 54-year-old mom were shot dead allegedly by the man at the mother-in-law’s house.

His name is Mhlolo Ngomane and will return to court on 12 April 2018 for formal bail application.

Police spokesmanColonel Mtsholi Bhembe said the incident happened on 29 March 2018 and since then the man has been in hiding.

He was arrested on 3 April 2018 following a tip-off and is facing two counts of murder.

“The alleged murder firearm was handed over to the police by a relative,” Bhembe said.

Police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma thanked the community for alerting the cops of his whereabouts.

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