South Africa: Two More Arrested for Murder of 83-Year-Old North West Reverend

Police on Monday arrested two more suspects, aged 20 and 28, for the alleged murder of 83-year-old reverend Joseph Hollanders, whose body was discovered at his house on his church's premises in Bodibe Village, near Itsoseng, North West.

Hollanders was found bound and lifeless in his house at about 13:45 on January 13, provincial police said on Tuesday.

News of the Belgian national's murder made international headlines. He had been a missionary in South Africa for more than 50 years. Bodibe Village is about 35km south of the provincial capital Mahikeng.

The two men appeared before the Itsoseng Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, on charges of murder. More of the reverend's personal items were also seized at a house in Bodibe Village.

"According to information available at this stage, reports suggest 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," police spokesperson Colonel Adéle Myburgh said.

"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 Magistrate's Court on January 17, on a charge of murder and was remanded in custody until January 25."

North West provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Sello Kwena congratulated the investigating team for the arrests made. He said that this sends a strong message that unlawful conduct will not be tolerated.

Source: News24

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