According to the suspect's neighbours, who spoke to Sowetan on condition of anonymity, the man who works as a carpenter brought the woman to the area and told them she was his niece who had come to SA from Zimbabwe to attend a relative's funeral somewhere in Thohoyandou.
The neighbours said the man told them that he had
offered her a job as a cleaner at his carpentry warehouse.
"He told us the girl was working for him as a cleaner. We didn't know she was sleeping in the same room with him," said one of the neighbours.
Mudau's heartbroken wife Elisah, 45, said her husband's death was shattering and painful as she is now faced with mammoth task of raising their five children alone.
"He was the pillar of this family and he would do anything possible to protect and provide for his family. My husband didn't deserve to die like that, I don't even know how I'm going to live without him and take care of the children alone."
The investigating officer joined the SAPS in 1989 and had been married to Elisah for 27 years.
Provincial Hawks spokesperson Capt Matimba Maluleke said they were investigating the murder and have launched a manhunt for the suspect.