South Africa: Police Arrest Two More Suspect for Alleged Murder of Itsoseng Reverend

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Police in Itsoseng arrested two more suspects, aged 20 and 28, on Monday, 20 January 2020, for the alleged murder of the 83-year-old Reverend Joseph Hollanders, whose body was discovered at his house within the church premises at about 13:45 on Monday, 13 January 2020 in Bodibe Village, near Itsoseng.

The duo will appear before the Itsoseng Magistrates' Court today on charges of murder. More of the referend's personal items were also seized at a house in Bodibe Village.

According to information available at this stage, reports suggests that the victim's body, with hands and feet tied-up, was found by a community member who alerted the police. Since the incident was reported, the police have been working around the clock and managed to arrest the first suspect on Wednesday night, 15 January 2020, two days after the incident was reported. The suspect was arrested in his home in Bodibe Village and a cellular phone, allegedly belonging to the Reverend, was found in his possession. The 23-year-old suspect, Thaba Norman Maseko, appeared before the Itsoseng Magistrates' Court on Friday, 17 January 2020 for a charge of murder and was remanded in custody until 25 January 2020.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, congratulated the investigating team for the arrests made. He said that this message send a strong message that unlawful conduct will not be tolerated.

"Zizojika Izinto - Turning the tide against crime."

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