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By McKeed Kotlolo | Mar 09, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A 10-YEAR-OLD Mpumalanga boy watched helplessly as his father and another man kidnapped his mother.

Little did he know that her bloodied body would be found dumped behind a neighbour's house several hours later.

The horror incident occurred at Allemansdrift village near Siyabuswa on Saturday evening.

Maria Lesetja Masola, 27, mother of three, was with their seven-month-old son when she was abducted outside her parents' home.

Shortly afterwards, the tiny boy was found abandoned and crying hysterically in the street by occupants of a passing car.

Next to the child they found the victim's shoes and purse.

Constable Vusi Ntuli of Vaalbank police confirmed the incident.

He said the police were looking for the victim's husband, Maloka Victor Lekalakala, 30, to assist them with their investigations.

Family members, police and members of the community immediately launched a search for the boy's mother without any success.

Masola's sister, Sesinyana, sent the victim's son, Katlego, to go and buy airtime in the neighbourhood at about 10.30pm.

"The boy came back running and looking very frightened, saying that he saw his father and another man dragging her mother in the adjacent street.

"We rushed there with the help of the community members and the police but they were nowhere to be found. Some local youths told us that they saw them in VW Golf and gave us the description but it was all in vain. We dispersed at about 12,45am on Sunday," Sesinyana said.

She said when the search resumed, they spotted her sister's bloodied body behind an RDP house.

She had a bite wound on the cheek, another on the throat and blood was coming from behind her left ear. She also had a big blood spot below the left breast.

"In addition, her pants and her underwear were not in their normal positions. They appeared to have been pulled down and we are not sure if she was raped before she was murdered

"It is clear that she was not killed where we found her body because there were tyre marks and there was also marks left by the body as it was seemingly being dragged," said Masola.

She told Sowetan that her little sister had been in an abusive marriage. She said her husband had assaulted her on February 24 and she spent two days in hospital.

When she was discharged two days later her father, Solomon Masola, advised her to return home until the matter was settled.

"On Sunday February 28 , she was accompanied to the police station to lay an assault charge against her husband. He was arrested the same day and got released on bail the following day."

Sesinyana said on Saturday, Masola's husband was seen at their parents' home apparently looking for her.

"She left the house shortly after 9pm to go and make a call at the nearby public phones and that's when she was kidnapped."

Anyone with information should contact the investigating officer on the case, Inspector Simon Ramatsetse on (013) 976 7432 and during office hours Captain Freddy Sepogwane on 082 303 9919.


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