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Alex Matlala and Victor Hlungwani
The magistrate whose naked body was found next to a used condom in a bush near Giyani, Limpopo, on Tuesday was involved in a similar incident last year, when he was found having sex with a woman in a car on the side of the road.
Sowetan learnt yesterday that the dead magistrate, Nuel Maluleke, 58, had 22 children, some of them born out of wedlock.
Meanwhile, police yesterday arrested a suspect - believed to be the husband of the woman Maluleke was allegedly bonking on Tuesday when he met his death.
The man, whose name is known to Sowetan but who cannot be identified until he pleads in court, was arrested at GaRamotshinyadi village in the Bolobedu area.
Maluleke's blood-covered body was found in bushes about 500m from the main road.
His wives, Maria Shirindza, the first wife, and Muthavini Ndengeza, said yesterday that most of Maluleke's 22 children had lived with him.
One of Maluleke's close friends, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said yesterday that Maluleke had left the magistrate's court early on Monday saying he had urgent personal matters to attend to.
The friend, who is also a magistrate, said Maluleke was later seen having lunch with one of his mistresses at a Giyani restaurant.
Maluleke's body was found the next day in bushes between Mphakani village and Ramotshinyadi village, about 20km away from the restaurant.
A used condom and his trousers were lying next to his body and his black Toyota sedan was parked a few metres away.
Maluleke was allegedly having sex with the woman when he was shot and killed.
The woman he was with on Tuesday has been called to the police station for questioning.
Tuesday's incident happened barely a year after Maluleke, a top magistrate at the Malamulele court, was found having sex with another woman in a car on the side of the road near the village.
The woman's husband, Daniel Chavhalala, was tipped-off and attacked Maluleke, who was injured and admitted to hospital.
A case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was opened against Chavhalala but he died before the case could go to court.
Maluleke's sister, Gladys Chauke, declined to comment yesterday.
The suspect will appear in the Giyani magistrate's court today. .