Tuesday, September 29, 2020

What really happened To Mma Mhlongo?

Is it almost six months after the mysterious disappearance of Tirelo Modise, who was commonly known as mma Mhlongo and the nation is still puzzled about what could have happened to her after her visit to Mozambique.

On the other hand the police say they are making progress on her whereabouts.

Since her disappearance Sunday Standard investigations have revealed that fifty-four-year-old Modise was involved in a road accident near Chubuto Village in Mozambique, in which twelve passengers perished, including her.

The investigations reveal she boarded a bus from South Africa to Mozambique but she was unfortunately left behind by the bus at the South African border.

The investigation further reveals that a certain South African police officer gave her R50 to further her journey because she was stranded.

It is understood that she boarded a minis bus, which was then involved in a road accident in which the twelve passengers perished.

The bodies were taken to Maputo Central Hospital where a radio broadcast was made to the public that they should visit the hospital mortuary to identify the bodies.

It is, however, understood that only three bodies were identified and the remaining 9 bodies were then buried in a mass grave because they were not identified.

Furthermore, it has emerged that the government of Botswana and Mozambique are still discussing how Modis’s body can be exhumed so that DNA tests can be conducted so that her remains can be buried in Botswana if the results are positive.

Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Dipheko Motube said “the investigation about the whereabouts of Modise are progressing but I can not reveal to what extent”.

Although reluctant to divulge more information, Motube said the docket has already been handed over to the Directorate of Public Prosecution and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also aware of the case.

“I cannot suggest that Modise was involved in a road accident until I have facts before me but I can confirm that we are still looking for her as a missing person,” said Motube, adding that as part of their investigations, they had placed Modise on Interpol as a missing person.

Motube said that Botswana is giving assistance to both the South African and Mozambique police services to trace Modise.

He further said a number of people, including Petrus Mhlongo, who was staying with Modise, had been questioned in Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique, adding that Mhlongo is still in Botswana.

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