Seven alleged murder accused appeared in court

Potchefstroom: Today, seven accused, namely; Daniel Thameng (21), Christo Scholtz (24), Frederik Theodorus Scholtz (59), Frederik Theodorus Scholtz Jnr (26), Moholo Katlego (29), Thamene Abel Phogisho (29) and Modisaotsile Links (26) appeared in the Vryburg Magistrates’ Court for the alleged murder of Ben Molwele, aged 56.

The suspects’ court appearance emanated from an incident in which Molwele went missing after allegedly being kidnapped. The incident was reported at Stella police station on Tuesday, 17 January 2019, by his family members.

According to information received, Molwele and two others were chased by farmworkers after being found inside a farm store. It is alleged that farmers were called after Molwele was caught. It is further alleged that Molwele was assaulted, put in a vehicle and dropped off along the N18 road.

Following an intensive investigation, including a wide spread search by various police units, Molwele’s body was found at about 10:00 along the N18, approximately 20 kilometers from Stella on Sunday, 10 February 2019. Shortly after the body was discovered, police arrested the accused.

All accused have been remanded in custody, except Frederik Theodorus Scholtz (59) that was warned to appear in court (due to ill health) until their next court appearance on Friday, 15 February 2019.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane once more requested members of the community to respect the rule of law and to refrain from taking the law into their own hands as the police will not hesitate to take drastic action against anyone who commits crime. She congratulated all members who worked hard to ensure that perpetrators are brought to book.

Source: South African Police Service