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A 35-year-old Leslie man, Lucky Nkosi, was arrested last week in connection with the murder of 44-year-old Betty Malinga. Malinga’s body was discovered on January 3rd, stabbed in a drainage ditch in Leslie’s Extension 09.
Malinga had been reported missing on Christmas Day after disappearing from her home. Following the grim discovery of her body over a week later, police launched an intensive investigation that led to Nkosi’s capture at his residence in Extension 12.
Nkosi appeared at the Leslie Periodical Court on Monday, January 8th to face charges of murder and rape. The case was postponed until January 15th, when Nkosi is expected to apply for bail. For now, he remains in police custody.
Provincial Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Semakaleng Daphney Manamela strongly condemned the deadly violence, which has become all too common in the region. She commended the community for aiding police in the investigation and supporting Malinga’s grieving family.
Authorities continue to urge citizens to stay vigilant in reporting suspicious behaviour that may prevent future gender-based crimes. While the arrest marks progress, the road to justice remains long for Malinga’s loved ones and community.
Police emphasize their commitment to building an ironclad case against Nkosi for his alleged crimes. The court proceedings represent the first steps in a lengthy legal process.
Violence against women has reached crisis levels in South Africa. Malinga’s murder further underscores the need for citizens and law enforcement to work hand-in-hand to protect the vulnerable and hold perpetrators accountable.