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Relief after missing man's body is found

By unknown | Jan 31, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The family of a Limpopo man who had been missing since July last year are "at peace" after the discovery of his body on Tuesday.

Matsobane James Molomo, 57, disappeared after being kidnapped at an ATM in Lebowakgomo on July 10 .

Molomo had gone to withdraw money to buy building materials to extend his house.

The discovery follows the arrest of two suspects in connection with a scam in which thugs kidnap people and rob them of their hard-earned cash at various places in the country.

Now police have launched a massive investigation into the scam.

Lebowakgomo police spokesman Captain Mamphaswa Seabi said Molomo, who was kidnapped at the Lebowakgomo shopping centre, was positively identified by his family at the Kameeldrift government mortuary near Brits in the North West on Tuesday.

This was after the suspects had taken police to a spot where Molomo's body was hidden. But, the body was not found and a search ensued.

The Kameeldrift police confirmed having found an unknown body on September 30 last year and had kept it in a local government morgue.

The body, according to Seabi, was found in a badly decomposed state.

"We are happy to have made a breakthrough and found Molomo's body after such a long search," Seabi said.

He said they were hoping to make more arrests in connection with the matter.

Molomo's elder brother, Jonas, said yesterday they were relieved that the body was finally found. He said they hoped the law would take its course.

"We have been having sleepless nights since my brother's disappearance.

"We are happy that he is back home to be given a proper burial," said Jonas.

Seabi said the suspects would appear in the Lebowakgomo magistrate's court next Tuesday to face kidnapping and murder charges.


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