Two behind bars on allegations of business robbery and murder


Two suspects made their first appearance before Thaba Nchu Magistrates’ Court on the Thursday 5 December facing charges of business robbery and murder.

Retshidisitswe Tolwana (27) and Thapelo Stuurman (31) allegedly stormed into a local tavern in Ratlou on the evening of 2 January, near Thaba Nchu armed with a knife.

They threatened the tavern owner with a knife and allegedly took undisclosed amount of money.

The tavern owner tried to fight them off but they allegedly stab him with a knife on his chest.  The two fled on foot and the tavern owner Jacob Ngakantsi aged 48 was taken to a local hospital where he died.

A case of business robbery and murder was opened for investigation.

Selosesha detectives managed to get information about the case and managed to trace the first suspect at his house in Ratlou on the 3 January 2017.

A knife with blood stains that is presumed to have been used in a murder case was found at the first suspect’s house and some money was also found.

Members interrogate the first suspect and he led the Police to the second suspect.  One of the family members informed the Police that he washed blood off from the second suspect’s body.

The case was remanded to the 16 January 2017 for a formal bail application and further investigation.

Free State Police Commissioner, Lebeoana Tsumane, pleaded with crime victims not to fight criminals as this put their lives in danger.

Statement issued