Suspect arrested after discovery of teen’s body in pit toilet

A 14-year-old, Zinhle Sekgoapa’s body was found dumped in a pit-toilet in Chochocho outside Hazyview last weekend.

According to the police, the girl was last seen by her family on Wednesday, 16 September. The following day, the family received threatening messages demanding for ransom in exchange for her release. The family then reported her disappearance to the police and a case of kidnapping was opened for investigation.


“On Saturday, 19 September, her lifeless body was discovered by a family member in the toilet. Police were notified about the discovery and upon arrival at the scene, they opened a murder case. The police searched for her killers and made a breakthrough by arresting a suspect who has been fingered in the case. It is believed that the girl might have been drugged prior to her death, however, a postmortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death,” said police provincial spokesperson, Brig Leonard Hlathi.

A 19-year-old man believed to be related to the deceased was scheduled to appear at the KaBokweni Magistrate’s Court today. However, due to further investigations will not appear.

Hlathi added that police will not rule out a possibility of adding more charges against the suspect.


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