Man in eMalahleni ‘muthi murder’ disappears after getting bail

The body of the victim was found with missing parts in a shallow grave. A traditional healer was nabbed along with him.


The police in Mpumalanga are appealing to anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dennis Sipho Motubatse who has absconded court appearance.

Police said Motubatse was now “nowhere to be found”.

They were now asking the public to call them immediately on 084 589 1128 with any information that can lead to his arrest.

Motubatse was arrested on 23 March 2018 for allegedly murdering his employer 64-year-old Aletha Maree. A traditional healer was also arrested with Motubatse but had since died in custody.

Maree was reported missing on 28 February 2018 at the Vosman police station. When police investigated, they found that Motubatse was an employee of the woman and allegedly showed them the shallow grave where they had allegedly buried her.

Certain parts of her body were missing and was allegedly found in the traditional healer and Motubatse’s possession. It’s believed she was killed for muthi.

Motubatse was granted bail and is now nowhere to be found, Colonel Mtsholi Bhembe said.

Anyone with information should call the cops on 084 589 1128, 013 659 8400 or 08600 10111.

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Hawks bust killer of Sergeant Thembisile Ndlovu

The man had fled the scene using her vehicle after gunning both her and her husband down on 1 December 2018.


The Hawks in the Mpumalanga province have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Sergeant Thembisile Ndlovu and husband Jabu Khoza.

Police said the 26-year-old man was arrested in Lenasia, north of Johannesburg Wednesday this week and is charged with the couple’s murder at the Mhala Magistrates Court in Bushbuckridge.

The number of suspects arrested in connection with Ndlovu and Khoza’s murder is now three.

Ndlovu was stationed at the Calcutta police station near Bushbuckridge. She was a police detective.

She lost her life on the early Saturday morning of 1 December 2018 when three armed men entered their home through a window.

Once inside, a shoot-out between the intruders and Ndlovu ensued and both her and the husband were killed.

One of the killers died during the shootout and Ndlovu’s husband died later in hospital.

The remaining men fled off using the couple’s Chevrolet Spark – which later was discovered abandoned near the Bushbuckridge road. The case was handed to the Hawks in January this year to investigate.

Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said the men are charged with murder, robbery and theft of motor vehicle.

She said on the early morning of 1 December when the couple were attacked they were “awakened by a disruption inside the house and upon inspection they were fired upon by three suspects”.

“The late detective sergeant Ndlovu retaliated and fatally wounded one suspect.

“However, the other two armed suspects continued firing and sadly both Ndlovu and Khoza succumbed to injuries from the shooting,” said Sekgotodi.

Hawks boss Major-General Zodwa Mokoena has ‘appreciated’ the arrest of the men.

“My sincere appreciation to crime intelligence, metro police in Gauteng, TRT and Springs POPS for supporting our members. My heartfelt appreciation to the public as well for constantly providing information on the whereabouts of the suspect,” she said.

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Bushbuckridge police woman and her husband are gunned down

The incident happened on the early hours of Saturday while they were asleep in their rented house.


The police in Mpumalanga are appealing to anybody with information to help them find the men who gunned down a female police sergeant and her husband while they were asleep in their home of Angin Court near Bushbuckridge.

The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday when their home was broken into.

Police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said the three unknown men gained entry through a window and shot dead 42-year-old Sergeant Thembisile Ndlovu and her 40-year-old husband Jabulani Khoza.

Ndlovu was stationed at the Calcutta police station near Bushbuckridge.

“Once inside, a shoot-out ensued and Ndlovu managed to shoot one of the attackers who died at the scene,” Hlathi said.

“The other two suspects are reported to have fired at the couple, instantly killing the sergeant,” he said.

Ndlovu’s husband was rushed to hospital by neighbours who responded after hearing the gunshots but then later on died.

The two remaining men disappeared from the scene using the couple’s Chevrolet Spark – which later was discovered abandoned near the Bushbuckridge road.

Hlathi said police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma has activated a “72-hour plan, thereby mobilising all necessary resources to ensure that the suspects were arrested as soon as possible”.

“Zuma is asking the community to volunteer information that may assist in the investigation of the matter and a speedy arrest of the suspects,” Hlathi said.

Anyone with information should call the cops on 082 469 1250 or 08600 10111.

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Worker arrested with family members for alleged R4m fraud

They are accused of creating various fake creditors accounts to defraud the company.


A 56-year-old man working for a Middelburg hardware company has been arrested together with family members and charged with fraud.

The charges of theft and money-laundering were also added and they remain in custody.

The Hawks said Linda Ebersohn was arrested with three other family members and they made a brief appearance at the Middelburg Magistrates after R4 million disappeared at the Middelburg Dakkappe Roofing.

Ebersohn was employed by the company.

In 2017, Ebersohn allegedly channelled close to R12 million into her own bank account and those of family members.

Hawks spokeswoman Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said that “several fictitious creditors accounts” were allegedly created and used to channel the sum.

The family members are husband 58-year-old Frans Hendrik Ebersohn and sons Francios Ebersohn (31) and Hendrik Stepheneous Eberson (25).

Sekgotodi said the Middelburg Magistrates Court postponed the matter to 3 December 2018 for bail application.

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DA complains about increasing KwaMhlanga rape cases, lack of police resources

They said the situation is worrying as now sexual abuse becomes “a system”.


The DA in the Mpumalanga province wants an end to the scourge of sexual abuse as well as a properly equipped cop shop.

The party said since last year the number of reported rape cases in the KwaMhlanga area of Mpumalanga increased from 118 to 146 this year and they believe the number of rape incidents are rife when taking into considerations unreported cases.

Mpumalanga Premier candidate Jane Sithole together with DA Women’s Network leaders Nomafrench Mbombo and Annerie Weber submitted a memorandum of demands to the KwaMhlanga police station after a minor was raped in the area a week ago.

The KwaMhlanga police allegedly sent the minor back home when she tried to open a case, apparently citing that the officers responsible for rape victims were not available.

In their memorandum to police boss Brigadier Winnie Mavuso Monday mid-day this week, the three leaders said they wanted the cops to do more in making sure the victims of rape were protected.

Earlier, Sithole told the residents that the scourge of women abuse was actually “a system” and needed to be fought the “same way we fought Apartheid”.

She said it was worrying that KwaMhlanga continued to be leading in terms of rape cases and was unacceptable.

“That is wrong and if we sit down as community and do nothing it will continue. And also what made the suspects to be released so early is because the police are not able to handle evidence,” Sithole told the community members.

She said a week ago a child was raped in the area and the cops sent her back home without opening a case, apparently because the officials responsible to handle rape cases were not available.

“Today it can be a neighbour’s child or somebody you completely don’t know and if you don’t stand up against it, tomorrow it’s your own child or yourself,” she said.

“I always say that Apartheid was defeated by the community. The community stood up and said ‘we are sick and tired of this system’ and today this system of sexual abuse must be defeated by the community,” Sithole said.

In her address, Mpumalanga DA Women’s Network leader Annerie Weber said it was “inhumane” to take advantage of unemployed women and sexually abuse them while promising to give them jobs.

“It leaves women devastated and degraded and ripped of their dignity,” Webber told the community members.

“Women deserve fair access to jobs,” she said, “we will not sit back while women are exploited by perverted officials who abuse their positions of power and take advantage of women’s desperation for employment,” she said, adding the DA will always be there for women.

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DA Women’s Network national leader Nomafrench Mbombo, who is also the health MEC in Western Cape, urged the KwaMhlanga residents to stop voting for ANC.

She said the ANC was responsible for policies that ensured unemployment and forced husbands to leave their homes and go work in Gauteng.

“It is women who carry the whole burden at the end of the day. Do you know why you are still the highest unemployed here in Mpumalanga? It’s because six months later when we come for votes you will receive food parcels and then vote for the same government, for the same party that gave you no job,” Mbombo said.

The police said they would investigate the issue of the child who was sent back without a case opened and were happy to work with the communities in responding to such issues as the lack of resources.

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