Thorisa Themane murder case postponed due to sixth arrest – The Citizen

The case against six suspects arrested for the murder of Thorisa Themane was postponed on Thursday for seven days.

The delay was caused by a sixth teenager being arrested overnight.

A police spokesperson revealed that more people are due to be arrested amid news that a sixth teenager was apprehended in connection with Thorisa Themane’s murder and was among those appearing in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Another arrest was made on Wednesday night, according to Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, speaking to News24.

The murder of the 27-year-old victim, Thoriso Themane, allegedly by pupils of Capricorn High School in Limpopo, has shocked the country as videos of the murder circulated on social media, and one of the suspects boasted that his father, a policeman, would protect him.

Ngoepe had confirmed on Tuesday that the Polokwane police were investigating a case of murder in Flora Park, a leafy suburb near the central business district of Polokwane, over the weekend.

According to police information, the man had been arguing with a group of pupils who were at the school over the weekend.

The pupils then allegedly brutally assaulted him, throwing stones and dragging him on to a public road, while several recorded videos and cracked jokes during the assault. The bruised and bloody man was discovered by motorists who called the police.

According to police records, the attack happened on Sunday at about 9.50am.

One Flora Park resident, who said her child was a pupil at the school, said the parents were worried that only a few of the pupils, who did not have ties with the powers that be at the local police station, were called in for questioning.

This was after it emerged that the father of one suspected killer in the group was a high-ranking police officer.

“We want all children identified to have taken part in the assault and the killing of the man to be named and shamed. Otherwise justice will not be served in this matter, because only the haves are treated with velvet gloves and the poor and the lesser known differently,” said the woman, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.

Ngoepe said five pupils between the ages of 15 and 17 years were initially arrested and further arrests would be determined by the outcome of investigations.

Political parties gathered outside the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Thursday where the six teenagers appeared.

The 27-year-old victims’s father, Mahlapahlapana, has said he now regrets bringing his son into what he has described as a vicious world.

He said it was painful that he thought his son would bury him, but now he is the one who has to bury his son.

“We are pleased that you knew the Lord in your teenage years, although you had your own weaknesses. But the grace of God has undertaken for you … I will find you there,” he said, speaking to news channel eNCA.

“I’m sorry I brought you into a vicious world like this and I’m sorry about what happened to you.”

He, however, called for forgiveness for the petpetrators.

Meanwhile, political parties and other groups gathered outside the Polokwane court demanding action for Themane’s “senseless” death.

The DA has called for harsh punishment for the perpetrators, as a lesson to others.

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Publish date : 2019-02-28 10:54:00

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