Young couple believed to have killed elderly woman, to appear in court

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Angie Thibeletsa

The two suspected killers of 75-year-old Angelina Thibeletsa are expected to appear at the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court this morning on charges of murder, house robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

This comes as police spokesperson, Thandi Mbambo, confirmed the arrest of a 21-year-old woman as well as a 23-year-old man last week and it is believed that the pair is a couple and were also Thibeletsa’s tenants. OFM News’ Pulane Choane reports that the woman was reported missing ten days after she was last seen but had already been murdered by the time she was reported missing.

She was last seen in Bloemfontein on Friday 4 January 2019 and her body was found burnt in Kroonstad on 5 January 2019, while she was only reported missing ten days after her body was found, on 14 January 2019. Police believe that the young couple robbed the aged woman of an undisclosed amount of money, before strangling and burning her body. They then, using her car, transported her body to Kroonstad, where they dumped it near the Flavious Mareka FET College. Her vehicle is suspected to have been sold and Mbambo said police are on the verge of recovering it.

Thibeletsa stayed alone in Mjezu Street, which is in Rocklands, Bloemfontein. She had no children and lived alone at the time of her death. She was known as a dedicated churchgoer and was very much loved in her community.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner in the Free State, Moeketsi Sempe, has called on those affected to let the police do their job, which may take some time as investigations are still underway. “We humbly request the community to afford us ample time to do our work without pressure, so as to minimize cases thrown out of court due to a shoddy investigation. Spreading hearsay information on social media about cases not yet officially confirmed is not assisting our investigation, hence we are requesting such cooperation,” Sempe said.

Pulane Choane / OFM News