Serial killer on the prowl - Four women murdered in Limpopo
POLICE in Limpopo believe a serial killer who targets women could be on the loose in the Groblersdal area.
This follows the discovery of a woman's body on September 2, bringing the number of bodies to four since April.
Police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that the woman was found dead and burnt beyond recognition in the bushes at Groblersdal.
Her hands were tied behind her back.
"The body was discovered by two women who were collecting firewood at B50 Mkholoane Farm.
"Following a spate of murders which have hit the Groblersdal area, we have every reason to believe there is a serial killer on the loose,'' Mulaudzi said.
He said their suspicions were strengthened by the fact that the modus operandi in all the killings was the same.
On April 8, the decomposing body of a woman in her late 30s was found in the bushes at Air Stripped. She was wearing a brown T-shirt and black tights.
Two months later, the body of Monica Mohlahlo of Masakaneng village was found at Krokodilsdrift farm on Schoeman Road.
Her elder sister, Christina Nkadimeng, said the family hoped the killer will be caught soon to explain why Mohlahlo was killed.
She said her sister's death was especially hard on Monica's daughter.
"Monica had been working very hard to ensure a proper upbringing for her daughter, aged 11. Now that she is gone it is difficult for the child to cope," said Nkadimeng.
"The girl now has to rely on her grandmother's pension grant to survive," she said.
Mulaudzi said a month later the body of a woman, burnt beyond recognition, was found in the bushes in Groblersdal.
Police are also searching for Dinah Morulaneng Lekola, 28, of Groblersdal, who was reported missing on May 27.
Lekola reportedly went off with a man who had promised to give her a job and has not been seen since.
Mulaudzi said initial investigations showed the women were raped before being killed.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Lieutenant-Colonel Venetia Masingi on 0823039927. - email@example.com