Limpopo teacher murder suspect in car dealership robbery linked to second murder

Limpopo police have linked a suspect in the fatal car dealership robbery to another murder.

  • Police say a man arrested in connection with the murder of a Limpopo teacher has been linked to a second murder case.
  • Teacher Muofhe Levwimbe, 57, was killed in a car dealership robbery on Monday.
  • The second victim was reportedly hired by the alleged shooter to carry out construction work.

A man arrested in connection with the murder of a Limpopo teacher has been linked to a second murder case, police say.

The 33-year-old was arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of a teacher during a robbery at a car dealership in Polokwane.

Muofhe Levwimbe, 57, a teacher from Vhembe district, had taken his car to a dealership in Westenburg for a service on Monday afternoon.

While Levwimbe was at the dealership, a man – posing as a customer – pulled out a gun and demanded the dealership manager hand over the keys to a BMW. There was a fight and Levwimbe was shot. He died at the scene, police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said.

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The shooter fled the scene in a stolen BMW and was later arrested near Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Since his arrest, he has been linked to a second murder case outside of Burgersfort, according to Mojapelo.

The incident happened on Friday. The victim, Lucas Malatji, 35, was shot dead in his home. Malatji was reportedly hired by the alleged shooter for construction work.

Mojapelo said:

It is alleged that the suspect went to the victim’s home in the village of Mabocha at around 6:00 a.m. on Friday, parked his car at the gate and called the victim. The suspect then fired several shots at the victim, killing her instantly.

The shooter fled. The motive for the murder is unclear.

Mojapelo said two firearms seized by police on Monday after the Polokwane shooting will be subjected to ballistics tests to determine if they were used in other crimes.

The alleged shooter is due to appear in Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. He faces charges of murder, corporate theft, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.


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