Two arrested for murder of Free State teenage girl


The Free State police have arrested two suspects in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Machaka Radebe (16).

Machaka’s brother last saw her alive on December 2 last year. He reported her missing.

The siblings were at home at their house in Thakalekwala Street, enjoying an afternoon nap. Machaka was not in her room when her brother went looking for her at 12:45. He tried to call her on her mobile phone, but an unknown man answered and demanded money.

The person threatened to kill Machaka.

Her body, with a stab wound in her back, was discovered two days later when a passer-by in extension 9 of Rocklands saw her body in a field.

Brig. Makhele Motantsi, provincial police spokesperson, confirmed Wiseboy Jozi (27) and Lehlohonolo Rankuotsane (39) appeared in the magistrate’s court in Bloemfontein on Tuesday in connection with the murder.

Both were arrested last Thursday.

They are provisionally on trial on charges of kidnapping and murder. They have not yet submitted a bail application and will remain in custody until their next appearance later this month.

In between, the police arrested two more suspects on Friday who are believed to be connected to Sibongile Portia Ngwana’s disappearance. She was also reported missing last year.

Ngwana was reported missing by her family at the Mangaung Police Station on November 28.

According to Motantsi, the two suspects are from abroad. The two men are respectively 27 and 33 years old.

During the police’s investigation, human remains were pointed out in an open piece of field near the M10 road.

“Forensic experts examined the remains, which were found near a stream under a tree, and confirmed that they are definitely those of a human. Even so, further forensic tests will have to be carried out to decide whether it is that of the missing Ngwana or not,” says Motantsi.