Tshegofatso Matibako, a 15-year-old South African girl, was reportedly murdered by her 46-year-old lover.
Captain Sam Tselenyane, the North West police spokesperson, stated in a statement on Tuesday, December 28, that the suspect (known as Mosotho), was last seen with the adolescent girl before she died in Lomanyaneng, outside of Mahikeng, is on the run.
Tshegofatso’s badly decomposed body was discovered last week in the rented house where she was supposedly living with her lover after neighbors observed flies on the window of the two-room residence in Lomanyaneng and notified authorities.
Both of her hands were bound together by a rope, and a sponge was discovered inside her mouth.
“It is alleged that the police were called to a crime scene at about 10:00 on Thursday, 23 December 2021, after the neighbors noticed flies on the windows of the rented house,” Captain Tselenyane stated.
“ After breaking the padlock and gaining access into the house, the deceased’s body, which was in a bad state of decomposition, was found lying naked on the mattress in one of the rooms.”
“Tshegofatso’s boyfriend, who is the last person to be seen with her, is the person of interest in this matter. His whereabouts and full identity are unknown at this stage,” he added.
Meanwhile, the victim’s mother, Joyce Matibako, has stated that she attempted to warn her daughter against dating the suspect.
“When I asked she would say, ‘mama why would I not tell you if someone hits me?’ Tshego said ‘this person does not hit me”.
“She would not listen to me even when I reprimanded her, she would go back to him in the evening.”
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