Midrand students shocked at Ipeleng Moholane’s death
Ipeleng Moholane’s body was found in a veld in President Park near Midrand on Monday.
JOHANNESBURG - Students at the Midrand Graduate Institute have expressed shock and disbelief after a teenager who went missing over a week ago was found murdered.
Ipeleng Moholane's body was found on Monday in the veld in President Park in Midrand.
It's believed the 19-year-old was raped and tortured before she was killed.
In 2013, another student, Philasande Ngum, from the same institution was found dead in the same area.
Students say they fear for their lives after yet another student was kidnapped and murdered.
"I just don't feel safe in Midrand. Whether it's at Campus or Boulders, I just don't feel safe."
One student said she felt criminals were targeting them because of a scarcity of public transport near the school.
"There are no taxis on West Road to come to school so they usually walk."
Moholane boarded a taxi from Pretoria to Midrand, but did not reach her destination.
Ngum was kidnapped near a mall in Midrand where she was later raped and murdered.
A suspect was arrested and later released after the case was withdrawn.
The police's Lungelo Dlamini says they have not yet linked the two cases.
"There is a suspect that was arrested but during the trial the case was withdrawn. At this stage, police are following up information on the second suspect that was involved in that incident. At this stage we haven't linked the two cases."
At the same time, Gauteng police say they treat all missing cases similarly after being accused of dragging their feet in the disappearance of Moholane.
Her father, Isaac, says the search for his daughter was delayed after having to open two different dockets, one for a missing person and another to track her cellphone.
He claims he was told to wait a few days before a search team for his daughter could be put together.
Dlamini says Moholane should lay a formal complaint.
"The information that the father is not satisfied with police conduct, we are appealing to the father to submit a formal statement so that all these allegations can be investigated."