Two additional suspects, a father, and a son, were arrested in connection with the BRUTAL murder of six-year-old Bontle.
THE FATHER AND SON WERE ARRESTED
Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said Samuel Makebeletane Tsela (63) and his son Philasande Tsela (28) were arrested on Saturday in Mganduzweni.
“Samuel Makebeletane Tsela (63) and his son Philasande Tsela (28) both face three charges, including kidnapping, rape, and murder.”
They appeared in court on Tuesday and were both remanded in custody until 24 June.
Mohlala said the father and son duo will appear alongside the following accused in this case, namely Collen Hlongwane (36), Thapelo Ngomane (25), and Ntombi Mgwenya (40). The five will make their next appearance in the Masoyi Periodical Court.
LITTLE BONTLE’S BODY WAS FOUND NOT FAR FROM HER HOME
Bontle Zethu Ditebogo Mashiyane, aged six, was reported missing on Saturday, 30 April 2022, by her family after she was last seen playing with other children nearby.
According to Mohlala, the discovery of the little girl’s body was made on Saturday, 21 May 2022, at Mganduzweni near White River.
“The investigation team was led to a scene where her body was thrown in the thick bushes, not far from her homestead (about 2 kilometers from her residence).”
HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT HER BRUTAL MURDER THUS FAR:
Here are the GRIM details that we know about her BRUTAL murder scale of depravity is next level:
- Her little partially decomposed mutilated body was found in a state of decomposition.
- There is a video in circulation where a man alleges that they were sent by a traditional healer who wanted female body parts to be used for traditional purposes.
Meanwhile, Bontle’s mother, Permission Seipane, has reportedly given premature birth to a baby boy.
Bontle’s aunt Sharon Mashiyane told Sowetan on Sunday that Seipane delivered the baby on Thursday. She was eight months pregnant.
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BONTLE’S MOTHER HAS GIVEN PREMATURE BIRTH TO A BABY BOY DUE TO STRESS
“The mother is too hurt, she’s not coping. She’s at her home and we believe this (premature birth) had to do with the stress she suffered from the disappearance of her child,” said Mashiyane.
According to reports, the suspects’ homes in the Bontle Mashiyane murder case have been torched, allegedly by angry community members.
This comes after the prosecutor in the case has raised concerns for the safety of the suspects amid threats that had been against their lives.