A 26-year-old man is expected to appear before the Bafokeng Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 11 March 2020, in connection with the murder of his 22-year-old girlfriend. The suspect’s court appearance came after he was arrested on Monday morning at Tlaseng village in Phokeng, outside Rustenburg.

According to the police, the suspect saw the victim exiting a tavern, accompanied by another man and an argument ensued. It is alleged that on their way home the suspect strangled the victim with his bare hands. Further allegations states that when the suspect saw that the victim was unconscious, he fled the scene. The victim was declared dead on the scene by personnel from Emergency Rescue Services. The suspect was handed over to the police by Tlaseng Community, after assisting the police in their search shortly after the incident. 

This however is not the only  domestic violence related case that was reported at Phokeng. Earlier on 2 January 2020 in a separate incident, a 37-year-old man was arrested after killing a 15-year-old victim and dumping her body in the bushes. It is alleged that the 15-year-old opened a case of rape against the suspect last year December.

In another unrelated incident, a 43-year-old was arrested in February this year for murdering his 40-year-old girlfriend in Tlaseng village. According to the information received the suspect also strangled his girlfriend to death after he saw her talking to another man.  

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, thanked the community of Tlaseng for their support and assistance in searching for the suspect. He condemned the incident in the strongest possible terms and said the police will work hard in order to ensure successful prosecution.