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Tensions around missing Majakaneng man continue

Community members have called for Tebogo Ndlovu’s body to be found while farmers have put up a reward to prove Ndlovu is alive.

FILE: The road to Majakaneng has been closed by police to contain violence in the area. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Members of the Majakaneng community have called on the North West government to intervene in the case of Tebogo Ndlovu who has been missing since he was allegedly shot on a farm in Mooinooi in August.

Last week a group of residents said the police service had missed the deadline given to them to respond to the list of demands contained in a memorandum of demands, supported by the South African Civic Organisation, the African National Congress and the Congress of South African Trade Unions, that was handed over to officials on 23 August 2017.

In the memorandum, community members call for Ndlovu's body to be found as a matter of urgency, better service from the Mooinooi police station and that a satellite station is set up in Majakaneng – among others.

Two months ago, angry community members took to the streets – barricading roads with burning rubble and stoning passing motorists after the 24-year-old man and two of his friends were allegedly shot at by Matthew Benson on his father’s farm.

The trio had reportedly been on the farm to steal.

While two men managed to escape unharmed, Ndlovu was allegedly wounded and left on the farm where his friends say they last saw him alive.

It is suspected that he is no longer alive, yet his body has not been found.

R50,000 REWARD

Farmers in the Mooinooi area say they will give a R50,000 reward to anyone who can prove that Ndlovu is still alive.
In a Facebook post that has been shared over 100 times, one Fabio Casillo says Ndlovu could be in the Brits area or in Mozambique.

Responding to comments, Casillo says “A friend’s son” is accused of the murder and questions how this is possible if no body has been found.

The victim's mother, Martha Ndlovu, refutes claims her son was spotted in the neighbouring village of Bapong, saying he would have returned home if he were still alive.

The investigating officer in the matter has supported her view when he testified that police had established that those claiming to have seen Ndlovu were referring to the two other victims.

Benson was denied bail in the Brits Magistrate Court last month. He is expected to make his next court appearance on 7 November 2017.

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