By Chenjelani Baraedi
Cops searching for the dead woman’s boyfriend and his pastor friend
THE Francistown police have promised to leave no stone unturned in the hunt for the killer/s of a 32 year-old Monarch location mum and her seven-months old toddler.
The corpses of Lebelelang Tabengwa and her child were found in a decomposing state in the bushes on the outskirts of Tatisiding village, two
weeks after the duo went missing from their rented Newstands house. Although no arrests have been made, the police are hopeful something will come up.
Dikeledi Montsho, Tabengwa’s mother, was still in shock when The Voice visited her on Tuesday, wondering why the killer/s chose her children.
She said on the fateful day, Tabengwa and her child left home for Tatisiding, promising to return the following day.
“But that was the last time I saw her alive. Why she was killed is still confusing me because she never alerted us that something was amiss which could give us a clue to her sudden death,” said the grieving mother.
Montsho said neighbours in Tatisiding revealed that Lebelelang was last seen in the company of her boyfriend and a local pastor, who since the discovery of the corpses, have gone missing.
“When the police came they told me that Lebelelang and her child were dead and that they decomposed bodies wouldn’t be kept long,” grieving Montsho said and added: “Even at their mortuary, the attendant refused to accept the bodies explaining that the bodies were in too bad state to be put in their fridges.”
Because of the state of decomposition, the coffin was sealed at the funeral.
Montsho further revealed that the police had told her that they found a rope around her daughter’s neck, suggesting that the killer/s wanted to stage a suicide.
Confirming the investigations, Gerald police station commander, Superintendent Mothibi, said: “The dead body of the woman was found tired to a tree early this month but after observing the scene closely, it became clear that we were dealing with more than a suicide.”
He said the dead body of the child was also found some few metres away from its mother in a shallow grave. He pointed out that it was not yet clear as to who could have committed the crime but expressed confi dence that the killer/s would be found soon.
The police were still waiting for the postmortem results to establish the cause of death.
In the meantime, Mothibi revealed that they were in the hunt for Tabengwa’s boyfriend and pastor friend, as they were the last to be seen in her company.