Reward offered in muti murder case

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01-2-2011
By  Eric Mashaba

Giyani - Limpopo police are offering R100 000 to anyone with information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the muti murder of Mphephu Grace Baloyi, 45.

The reward comes days after the Mavambe villagers near Giyani submitted a memorandum to the Malamulele police station, where they gave Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa 14 days to pressure police to arrest an induna suspected of committing the murder.

Police have not questioned the induna yet, despite members of the community searching his house in neighbouring Dovheni village and providing police with evidence of blood, as well as Baloyi's shoes and earrings.
"Our investigation team is following up on the matter of the induna and other information received from the public. At present, no arrests have been made. Any information received will be treated with confidence," said provincial police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Motlafela Mojapelo, on Tuesday.

Mojapelo said Baloyi, who was buried on Saturday, went missing on 21 January. Her body was discovered two days later in a mealie field close to the village. Parts of her body were missing.

Limpopo provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Amon Mashigo, has appointed a special investigation team to investigate the case.

"We call on all members of the community to give police the necessary space to conduct the investigation without any hindrance. We will, however, welcome any information that can assist us in this case," he said.

A meeting was held on Monday at the Malamulele police station between a high level delegation from the office of Limpopo safety, security and liaison MEC George Phadagi and members of the investigation team.

Phadagi urged the investigators to leave no stone unturned when tracking down the suspects.
"I have full confidence in the ability of the team that has been assembled to do the job. I want to urge every member that the leadership in the province is fully behind you. We therefore want to call our community in the area and elsewhere to assist police in this case," said Phadagi.

He added that police would keep Baloyi's next of kin up to date about the developments in the case.

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