Missing 56-year-old man’s case ends in tragedy

Missing 56-year-old man's case ends in tragedy
"Prior to the man going missing, he allegedly offered two hitchhikers a lift."

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The case of the 56-year-old missing man from Northern KwaZulu-Natal came to a tragic end on Monday, 1 February 2021.  

Police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala elaborates on the matter, stating, “On Sunday, 31 January 2021, Bhekuyise Mazibuko was reported missing by his family at Hlobane SAPS after he failed to arrive at his home. His phones were off, and he went missing with his vehicle.”

However, shortly after the family opened the case—the vehicle was spotted, leading to police arresting two men in Caroline, Mpumalanga, for being in possession of Mazibuko’s vehicle and cell phone. The discovery did not bode well for Mazibuko’s family.

On Monday, 1 February 2021, a Multi-district Task Team proceeded to Mpumalanga province where they worked around the clock to connect the dots in the case. Through an intensive investigation, Captain Gwala expounds on what led to Mazibuko’s disappearance.

“It is alleged that on the afternoon of 30 January 2021, Mazibuko offered a lift to the two men, who were hitchhiking in the area. The men asked to be dropped off near one of the shops.”

The men then proceeded to rob the good samaritan of his vehicle, before shooting him and dumping his body in between bushes in the Leenek area. Before leaving his body behind, the men took his cellphone and fled.

During their questioning, one of the suspects told the police where he had hidden the firearm, with seven rounds of ammunition, allegedly used in the shooting. 

SAPS opened charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession of stolen property—at Caroline Police Station.

Preliminary investigations, conducted by the Multi-Task team, reflect the firearm was stolen during a carjacking in Paulpietersburg.

The carjacking took place on 29 January 2021, when a motorist stopped to offer the two suspects a lift. The men allegedly robbed him of his vehicle, firearm, cellphone and cash. They later abandoned the vehicle, after it suffered mechanical failure.

While the suspects have since appeared in the Caroline Magistrate’s Court, the docket has now been transferred to the Vryheid SAPS.

According to Captain Gwala, the men face charges of murder, robbery, defeating the ends of justice, possession of stolen property, possession of illegal firearm and ammunition. The Vryheid SAPS will investigate all these charges.

As they face multiple charges, it is essential to note that both suspects were out on parole for rape, assault and house robbery. “One of the suspects was wanted for a case of rape opened at Hlobane in April 2019,” Captain Gwala concludes.

The men are expected to appear before the Vryheid Magistrates Court today, 03 February 2021.

With an array of charges being brought against them, what are your thoughts? Share your views with us in the comment section below.

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2 Responses

  1. When will Good Samaritans learn that they CANNOT pick up strangers nowadays… NOT ANYMORE…

    This is SOOOOOOOOOO sad for His Family… 💔😭💔😭💔

  2. Out on parole, that statement makes no sense unless they have already served time for their other crimes? If so it just goes to prove that they should never ever have been released. That type of perpetual criminal does not deserve to ever be free.

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