Interpreter kidnapped, murdered

Ike Mohlamonyane's body was discovered buried in a shallow grave.

Capt. Khanyisile Zwane, police spokesperson, confirmed that Izak (Ike) Mohlamonyane was reported missing at the Middelburg Police Station on 31 August by his son Mmeli. Mr Mohlamonyane (junior) became worried when a friend of his father contacted him to say that he could not get hold of him, and he himself could not reach him over the phone.

Mr Mohlamonyane, who worked at the Middelburg Magistrate Court, rented a house in Mineralia. He is originally from Bronkhorstspruit.

Capt. Kay Makhubele, Gauteng police spokesperson, said that police made a breakthrough when officers in Sunnyside in Pretoria were approached by a man informing them of a suspicious vehicle parked behind a building.

Upon investigating, police discovered the vehicle belonging to Mr Mohlamonyane with a 24-year-old male inside.

After questioning the man, he led police to a deserted mine in Durban Deep near Roodepoort where Mr Mohlamonyane’s body was discovered, buried in a shallow grave.

Information has it that Mr Mohlamonyane was stabbed to death and his body was wrapped in a blanket when it was discovered.

It is also said that Mr Mohlamonyane’s belongings, such as a laptop, were still inside his vehicle when it was recovered, ruling out the possibility that theft or robbery was the motive for his death.

Capt. Makhubele could not confirm this.

He said that police are currently investigating charges of murder, vehicle hijacking and possession of stolen property. The 24-year-old suspect has already appeared in court.

• Fellow colleagues at the Middelburg Magistrate Court held a memorial service for Mr Mohlamonyane yesterday (Thursday) at 11:00.

Jana Boshoff

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