A suspect has been arrested for the murder of 21-year-old Limpopo student, Precious Ramabulana.
The breakthrough comes just a day after Limpopo Safety and Security MEC, Dickson Masemola, announced that a task team had been set up to probe the brutal murder, with a 72-hour activation plan mobilised.
Masemola confirmed the arrest of a 28-year-old suspect on Thursday.
“The suspect was residing in Nyakelang Village, Botlokwa and was arrested at his parental home. “Police also recovered cellular phones which possibly belonged to Precious, blood-stained clothes and possibly even the murder weapon,” he said.
Police Minister, Bheki Cele, said the suspect was found in possession of Ramabulana’s phone.
“We are trying to understand the motive behind the murder, but the one thing that helps us currently is that he has begun to confess. We also found the victim’s phone in his possession,” Cele said.
Masemola mentioned that even blood-stained clothes and the murder weapon were found where the suspect was arrested.
Ramabulana, a Capricorn TVET College student, was stabbed 52 times in her rented room in Ga-Joel section in Mokomene village outside Polokwane in the early hours of Sunday morning. There’s also suspicion that she was raped.
Her murder is particularly shocking as she was killed just as the country was launching the annual 16 Days of Activism for no violence against Women and Children campaign.
After the murder, students who live in the area where Ramabulana was murdered criticised police for stalling after being called by neighbours reporting the attack.
The African National Congress (ANC) in Limpopo commended police for “swift action” in effecting the arrest.
The late Ramabulana was described by fellow students and lecturers as a bright student who valued education.
Ramabulana – who was from Nzhelele village in the Vhembe District Municipality - was expected to write her last final exam on Monday.
She was doing her final year in Public Management. Ramabulana will be laid to rest on Friday.