Itumeleng Khune and his sister, Mapula Khune, who was burnt beyond recognition.
- Police in the North West have charged a 17-year-old
boy with the murder of Mapula “Meiki” Khune whose charred remains
were discovered in Tshing.
- The teenager is expected to appear in the
Ventersdorp Children’s Court.
- Cases of assault were opened after residents
suspected of committing the crime were hunted down by community members.
A 17-year-old suspect has been charged with the
murder of Mapula “Meiki” Khune, the sister of soccer star Itumeleng
The teenager was charged on Friday and is expected
to appear in the Ventersdorp Children’s Court on Monday, said police
spokesperson Colonel Adéle Myburgh.
“His appearance in the Children’s Court is as
prescribed by the Child Justice Act (Act 75 of 2008). It is alleged that on
Thursday, 4 March 2021 at about 05:00, neighbours saw smoke coming from a house
in Extension 2, Tshing, Ventersdorp. Emergency services [officials] were called
who, after forcing entry into a back room, discovered the severely burnt body
of Khune on top of her bed.”
Police initially opened an inquest docket, but they
are now investigating a murder after further information was obtained,
according to Myburgh.
Khune’s death on Thursday sent shockwaves through
the community of Tshing. The 27-year-old was sleeping in a back room, next door
to her grandmother’s main house, when the incident happened.
Clashes in community
Her body was burnt beyond recognition. Only the
back room was destroyed by the blaze.
Police have since been quelling clashes in the
community as residents suspected of committing the crime were hunted down and
assaulted, said Myburgh.
“Additional cases of assault with the intent
to do grievous bodily harm have been reported since Friday, as community street
patrollers and family members have allegedly been assaulting alleged
perpetrators for the murder of Khune.”
Provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General
Sello Kwena, lauded police for their speedy response and for ensuring the
arrest of the alleged perpetrator within one day of the killing.
Itumeleng Khune, who plays for Kaizer Chiefs
Football Club, missed the team’s CAF Championship game on Saturday at FNB
Stadium. He took compassionate leave to be with his family.