MMM employee’s death still a mystery

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The Parkweg Cluster Commander, Brigadier Kgothatso Ramokotjo, and police spokesperson Thabo Covane during an interview at the OFM studios this morning. PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

The Free State police says despite being in possession of the CCTV footage showing the movements of the late Seipati Lechoano no arrests have been made so far.

This comes after Lechoano’s body was found in the boot of her car last year at her place of work with her hands and feet tied. Parkweg Cluster Commander, Brigadier Kgothatso Ramokotjo, this morning told Bloemfontein Courant that the footage has not been of much help to the investigation. According to Ramokotjo the footage only shows Lechoano’s movement around the Bram-Fischer building on 19 December 2018, the day she was reported missing.

Seipati Lechoano

He says following the inconclusive post-mortem on Lechoano police are hard at work tracing every little piece of new information they have been receiving since the murder docket was registered. He, however, says the whole investigation into the matter could take up to at least 15 years due to the complexity of the case and the amount of work needed to be done.

An independent crime analyst and former Head of the Crime Information Analysis Centre, Chris de Kock, confirmed that this is a complex case.  “It’s not easy as people continue to speculate about the motive for the murder and who may be involved in the victim’s death,” De Kock said.

De Kock said what is especially worrying in the case is the fact that the police alluded to the fact that “tests may take a while” and this might mean that the longer the investigation, the smaller the chances of a positive outcome.

Ramokotjo says that the police however have not forgotten about the case.

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