Two more suspects in custody for Bontle Mashiyane murder

Two more suspects in custody for Bontle Mashiyane murder

Police have arrested two more suspects in connection with the murder of 6-year-old Bontle Mashiyane.

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The pair will join three others charged for the little girl’s disappearance, mutilation and murder.


This brings the total of suspects to five.


Mashiyane went missing last month while playing outside her home in Mganduzweni near White River in Mpumalanga. 


Her lifeless body was discovered at the weekend. 


Provincial police spokesperson Selvy Mohlala confirmed the latest arrests on Tuesday.


“Two additional suspects appeared before Kabokweni Magistrate's Court today, Tuesay 24 May 2022, facing three charges of kidnapping, rape and murder. Samuel Makebeletane Tsela (63) and his son Philasande Tsela (28) were also remanded in custody until 24 June,” Mohlala added. 


The other three suspects include couple Collen Hlongwane (36), his girlfriend Ntombi Mgwenya (40) and Thapelo Ngomane (25) - all neighbours of the girl’s family.


All five suspects will return to court on June 24.


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