Tumelo waga Dibakwane
Two men, Kholofelo Makhudu (19) and Gift Mbola (22), re-appeared in the Witbank Magistrate’s Court after they were remanded in custody for the murder of 51-year-old Peet Swanepoel. They allegedly shot Swanepoel, assaulting his wife, stealing firearms from the house and fleeing in one of the family’s vehicles.
The two men, and an accomplice, Negus Simelane, allegedly stormed into the deceased’s premises in Witbank, fatally shot him and proceeded to the house where they demanded money from his wife and threatened to put her grandson in the oven if she refused to comply. They reportedly assaulted her after she informed them there was no money kept on the premises. They then took seven firearms and two television sets before fleeing in the wife’s vehicle which was later found abandoned at the Kusile of- ramp on N4 national road in Mpumalanga.
Some of the stolen guns and ammunition.
Simelane’s family handed him over to the police and 8 firearms, ammunition and and a homemade gun were found in his possession. He appeared in court for possession of a firearm without a license, but was not directly involved with the Swanepoel murder.
The police investigation showed that Mbola could also be linked to other cases. The police are requesting Tshepo Makunyane to come forward, whom they believe can assist with further investigation into the case. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Colonel Godfrey Mahlo at 082 3753 342.