Main suspect accused of violating graves in Vhembe, arrested in George

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LIMPOPO – The 23-year-old prime suspect, who was being sought by the police since the first body was exhumed from the local grave yard at Tshitavha village two weeks ago, is being linked to several cases of violation of graves and corpses in the area.

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He will appear in the Thohoyandou Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 12 September.

His arrest means that four suspects have now been nabbed for these crimes.

Last week, a 39-year-old traditional healer was arrested for defeating the ends of justice related to the same crime and appeared in Thohoyandou magistrate court on Friday, 8 September. He was denied bail and will next appear, in the same court, on 30 October 2017.

Read more: Traditional healer arrested following violation of graves in Vhembe

“More charges will possibly added against him, following the arrest of the prime suspect,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.

Two more suspects were later arrested and charged with offenses of violation of graves and corpses. The duo, aged 20 and 29-years-old, will appear in the Thohoyandou Magistrates Court, today.

Read more: Two more suspects arrested for violating graves in Vhembe

The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended the appointed team of investigators for the sterling detective work that resulted in swift arrests of these suspects. He concluded by urging all affected communities to refrain from acts of vigilantism and give the police space to deal with these matters.

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