Body of missing elderly Bfn woman found burnt

Angie Thibeletsa

The charred body of Bloemfontein resident, Angie Thibeletsa, has been found in Kroonstad over a week after she was reported missing.

The 75-year-old woman went missing on January 9, according to eyewitnesses. Her car was last seen leaving her place of residence in the Rocklands suburb at around 09:00 that morning. The details surrounding her murder are not clear and the Free State police are yet to confirm the matter.

Spokesperson Thandi Mbambo has told the media a press statement will be released later today, January 18, once some of the loose ends in the investigation are tied up. It is alleged that her body was found burnt in Kroonstad the Thursday morning, January 17. Friends and acquaintances of Thibeletsa allege that her car was found in Lesotho and the suspects in her murder have been arrested. This has not yet been confirmed by local police.

Meanwhile, the community of Rocklands and Bochabela, where Thibeletsa’s church was located, has expressed shock at her death. She was known to be a devoted church goer and was well liked in her community. Thibeletsa is said to have no children and was living alone at the time of her death.

The incident comes not a month after the body of Mangaung Metro official, Seipati Lechoano, was found in an advanced decomposing state on Christmas Eve in the basement parking area of the Bram Fischer building. Lechoano was reported missing by family days before she was found. Mayor of Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Olly Mlamleli, has expressed her condolences to the loved ones of Thibeletsa on Facebook and condemned the crimes committed against women in the area of late.

Olebogeng Motse / OFM News