Byline: Refeloe Letsoisa

18 December 2023

The police at Balfour arrested two male suspects, aged 18 and 19, following the murder and discovery of the body of a 15-year-old girl on Friday, 15 December 2023 around 09h00.

According to the information, the lifeless body of the young girl was discovered next to a dilapidated and unfinished house at Goede Section in the morning.

The police as well as paramedics were informed about the incident, and upon arrival, a half-naked woman with silver plastic around her private parts was found.

She was unfortunately certified dead by the medical personnel at the scene.

The police opened a murder case and immediately activated all possible resources. 

It was not long before the hard work of the members paid off, as the first suspect (19) was arrested on Saturday, 16 December 2022 around 10h00.

The second suspect was arrested on the same Saturday around 14h00.

Two suspects were charged and are expected to appear at the Balfour Magistrate’s Court today, Monday, 18 December 2023 facing a murder charge.

As the probe continues, it cannot be ruled out that she might have been raped; however, an autopsy will be conducted as part of the investigation.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, has strongly condemned the brutal killing of the young girl while applauding the men and women in Blue for their swift arrest of the two suspects.

“This is a very shameful incident, seeing that we just had 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children.

We were looking forward to having zero such incidents.

We hope that the law will take its course and justice will be served for the innocent and murdered girl,” said the general.