Botshabelo police arrest a 20-year-old for murder


A 20-year-old man is behind bars after he allegedly stabbed a 23-year-old twice on his back in Section A, Botshabelo.

“On Sunday morning Botshabelo Police received a call about a 23-year-old man that was allegedly stabbed to death.  It is alleged that the 23-year-old left a local tavern at Section A in Botshabelo along with five friends.  As they were about to exit the gate of the tavern the suspect allegedly started swearing at the victim but he just ignored him,” says police spokesperson Martin Xuma.

According to police, once the men were outside the yard of the local tavern the 20-year-old allegedly stabbed the victim on his back.  One of the victim’s friend tried to stop the suspect but he allegedly stabbed the friend on his thigh.

“They then left and two out of the five friends took a different route.  As the other three friends that were walking together the suspect came back, allegedly stabbed the same victim that he stabbed at his back on his back again. The victim Lehlohonolo Ramabodu died.”

A case of murder was opened for investigation. Xuma mentions that the parents of the suspect took him to the police station where he was apprehended. He is expected to appear before Botshabelo Magistrates’ Court soon.

In another incident, a 49-year-old man was shot to death while he was sleeping with his girlfriend in Section G, Botshabelo.

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning.  Police allege that a masked man entered the deceased’s house through a window.

“He went to the bedroom were the 49-year-old man was sleeping with his girlfriend.  The girlfriend woke up when she heard footsteps. The masked suspect told her not to make any noise and he started shooting Lehlohonolo Kholotsa four times. He shot him once on the forehead, twice on the stomach and once on his thumb, then ran away,” Xuma explains.

Police are requesting anyone with positive information that might lead to the arrest of the suspect to contact Detective Warrant Officer Adam Sego on (051) 531 5813.

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