17-year-old to appear in court for murder of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper’s sister

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On Sunday the South African Police Service (SAPS) announced that a 17-year-old teenager has been charged in the murder case of Mapula (Meiki) Khune.

Mapula Khune is the sister of Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

“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 were called, who after forcing entry into a back room, discovered the severely burnt body Khune on top of her bed. Only the back room was damaged during the fire,” Colonel Adéle Myburgh reports.

Myburgh says that the police initially investigated an inquest, but the inquest was changed to murder after more information was received.

“Since Friday, additional cases of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH) have been reported as community street patrollers and family members have allegedly been assaulting alleged perpetrators for the murder of Khune,” Myburgh says.

The teenager was charged on Friday, 5 March and is expected to appear in the Ventersdorp Children’s Court on Monday, 8 March.

Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, has commended the police for their swift action that led to catching the perpetrator and says they will continue to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable.