House of Kby kidnapping suspect torched

Photo: Mark Steenbok

The house belonging to one of the suspects who was earlier arrested in connection with the kidnapping of the five-year old, Keitumetse Magwadibane, from Kimberley was torched last night.

This comes a day after the 55-year-old woman and three others were released from custody and the matter struck from the roll in the Galeshewe Magistrate’s court.

The attorney for the accused complained that the case has been on the roll for several months and remanded numerous times.

He believes not much effort is being made by the State to conclude their investigation and this is infringing on the rights of the accused, as they have been in custody since July. He requested that the matter be struck from the roll, pending the completion of the State’s investigation.

Police spokesperson, Mohale Ramatseba, says members of the public order police rushed to the house located at Phuthanang outside Galeshewe last night and extinguished the fire.

He says the fire caused extensive damage to the inside of the house. Ramatseba says the woman and her children were not inside the house at the time of the incident.

“At this stage, we are continuing with the investigation and nobody has been arrested as yet. The Northern Cape provincial commissioner, Risimati Peter Shivuri, has condemned the incident in the strongest terms and called upon community members not to take the law into their own hands,” says Ramatseba.

A case of arson has been opened.

-Mark Steenbok