The Mangaung Metro Municipality mayor, Olly Mlamleli, has bemoaned the slow progress in the kidnapping and murder investigation of Seipati Lechoano, who was found dead in the boot of her car with her hands and feet tied up on 24 December 2018.
Mlamleli said the municipality has made everything possible for the police in the hopes to try and speed up their investigations in the matter. She said she was rather shocked that after almost 7 weeks after making the CCTV footage available to the police they have, however, made little progress in their investigations. “You know, it’s heart-breaking that till today, after a man had lost his wife and kids their mother, no one has been arrested. We understand that we must respect their investigation but I have to go back and give them a report to indicate as to how far the investigation is.”
On 06 February 2019 police spokesperson, Thandi Mbambo, told Bloemfontein Courant the police were doing everything in their power to bring the culprits to book. He said the fact that people are insinuating that this case is not receiving attention because of the race of the victim, is far from the truth.”
Mlamleli also confirmed that Lechoano was not in any way a part of the forensic investigating team of the municipality anti-fraud subdivision following rife speculations on social media that she might have stepped on the toes of the wrong people involved.
Mlamleli said on the day when Lechoano’s body was discovered by the police she urged them to do their work with diligence because she knew how valuable and crucial the footage was to their investigation. “But ever since then I’ve tried on several occasions to get a response from the police but I was instead told to give the investigation time. As a result, I am still in the dark with regard to the investigation,” Mlamleli concluded. – Lucky Nkuyane