The police found the missing North-West University student dead, her body burnt beyond recognition in Gauteng, as the month-long search for Karabo Magomani Maluleke (21) came to a devastating end. Reported missing on May 27, Maluleke’s family opened a case at the Potchefstroom Police Station, and it was in Krugersdorp where the police made the grim discovery at the end of June.
Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Funani, North West police spokesperson, confirmed the arrest of a suspect on June 23 in Giyani, Limpopo, in connection with Maluleke’s death. The tragic news prompted NWU to express their condolences, offering support to the grieving family and friends, recognizing the profound impact of losing such a young life, made even more distressing by its occurrence during Youth Month.
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NWU spokesperson Louis Jacobs announced that a memorial service would be held in Maluleke’s honour on Thursday, July 20, at the Potchefstroom campus. In response to the DNA test results confirming the identity of the charred corpse as that of Karabo, her family shared a statement on social media, expressing their gratitude for the support received and highlighting their determination to seek justice and ensure that those responsible for this heinous act face long-term imprisonment.
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