Johannesburg – A 21-year-old man was arrested on Sunday for the gruesome murders of five family members in Namahadi, Qwaqwa.
An 11-month-old baby was also hit by a potter in the incident, but survived the attack.
The suspect was arrested at around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Mphatlalatsane, Qwaqwa.
Colonel Thandi Mbambo, spokesperson for the Free State Police, said an integrated team of investigators had been appointed to investigate the murders and they were working around the clock to find the culprits.
“Within the 72-hour deadline set by the Interim Provincial Commissioner of the Free State, Major General Solly Lesia, a breakthrough was made on Wednesday April 7, 2021.
“The suspect will appear before the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrates’ Court on Friday April 9, 2021 for murder, arson and attempted murder.
“We expect to make further arrests soon,” Mbambo said.
Mbambo said he received a report that people were killed in Marakong village, QwaQwa, on April 4 at around 3 a.m.
She said police went to the scene where they found the body of Moliehi Thoabala, 38, shot in the stomach. Her husband Safolo Mofokeng, 36, was found set on fire in their house.
“In another house, the bodies of a mother, Relebohile Lemeko, 48, her daughter Masabata Lemeko, 25, and her son, Tatolo Lemeko, 22, were found burned in a hut, while the 11-month-old grandson was reportedly hit by a pottery on the nose and is currently receiving medical treatment at a local hospital.
She said four children managed to escape in the second attack and reported the incidents to a parent, who then notified police and took the child to hospital.
The motive for the murder was not yet known, Mbambo said.
Suspect, 21, arrested for murder of five Free State family members
SourceSuspect, 21, arrested for murder of five Free State family members