Manhunt continues as murder suspects of FS family are on the run

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The manhunt for the murder suspects continues after five family members have been brutally murdered and burned at their recidence in Marakong village, Namahadi, Qwaqwa recently.

Acting Free State Provincial Commissioner, Major-General Solly Lesia, instructed the activation of the 72hrs plan for tracing suspects. The incident took place on 4 April 2021 when members of the police received a report about a family that had been burnt inside a house. When police arrived on the scene, they discovered the body of 38-year-old Moliehi Thoabala with a gunshot wound to the stomach. Upon further investigation, they discovered the body of her 36-year-old husband, Safolo Mofokeng, who was burnt to death.

In the yard of another house the bodies of 48-year-old Relebohile Lemeko, her 25-year-old daughter, Masabata Lemeko, and 22-year-old son, Tatolo Lemeko, were found burnt inside a shack. According to police spokesperson, Colonel Thandi Mbambo, their 11-month-old grandson was allegedly hit on the nose by the assailants and is receiving medical treatment at a local hospital.

“The motive for the killings is currently unknown and a case of murder, arson and attempted murder has been registered for further investigation,” said Mbambo.

Major-General Lesia said they are currently following all leads and a team, led by the Distrcit Commander of Thabo Mofutsanyane, Major General Jan Tsotetsi, has been assigned to investigate the case. “We request the public to assist us with information that may lead to the identification and/or arrest of the perpetrators. Anyone with information should please contact Detective/Captain Matlakala Mokoena at 078 759 3154 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111, alternatively send information via MySAPS App.”

Pierce van Heerden

pierce@mahareng.co.za