The Gauteng police have launched an inquest into the mysterious death of an African Catholic Church priest, 49-year-old Victor Mabuse. IOL reports that authorities discovered the priest hanging from a tree near his church in Ga-Rankuwa, located north of Pretoria.
Mabuse’s daughter reported him missing on August 17 after he failed to return home from the church. According to police spokesperson Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi, details surrounding the circumstances of his death remain unclear at this stage. A post-mortem examination will be conducted.
The news of Mabuse’s demise has left his family and congregation shocked and grieving. Molefe Mabuse, a relative and senior church member, expressed their profound sorrow and emphasised their eagerness to receive the findings of the police investigation.
He stated, “We are really shocked. We are dumbfounded. We have got no words to express what happened. Because our child was a very busy community man. And we have suffered a very serious loss. And the circumstances of his death are in the hands of the police. No comments on suspicions. We are waiting for the police. You can see the whole church is here. The parishes are here. It is very shocking. Not only on us, but in the community of the African Catholic Church, Mmakau and Ga-Rankuwa community.”
This incident raises memories of a similar tragedy last year when Father Joseph Hollanders, a Roman Catholic Church priest, was robbed and killed. Norman Maseko, one of the convicts involved in the crime, was sentenced to 30 years for the heinous act. The perpetrators strangled Hollanders to death and stole his belongings.
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