African Eye news agency reports that a 30-year-old South African worker was arrested after he was seen on closed-circuit TV slitting a fruit-vendor 's throat on January 7. The 50-year-old woman was tending her farm stall when the man cut her throat.
He initially denied the murder of the as yet unnamed woman in the Rooipoort region near Mokopane -- which is in an important platinum-rich region exploited by the Caledonia Toronto-based mining conglomerate, about 250 km north of Johannesburg.The 50-year-old woman was tending her fruitstall when the killer, who is from nearby Phola Park township, first stabbed her in the neck and then slit her throat.
Police superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said the man - who was recognised by a security guard monitoring the close-circuit TV as a local worker -- had fled with the stall's meagre cash earnings. The guard alerted police while he was watching the murder of the woman unfold in front of his eyes.
Then he also had the presence of mind to call the suspect to his office. The man then waited there patiently, unaware that he had been caught out, until police arrived and arrested him.
The unnamed man has not yet been asked to plead to any charges in Mokopane Magistrate's Court on Monday. For this reason, he could also not yet been identified. His case was postponed to February 13 for further investigation. He was meanwhile remanded to police custody in the local police station.
The victim can't be identified yet either - police had not yet located her next-of-kin.
Rooipoort farm is facing an uncertain future as an operating farm as it currently is under exploration by the Toronto-based Caledonia mining conglomerate , which in 2008 had located large platinum outcrops on portions of this very large, semi-arid farm. In June 2008, the Japanese Mitsubishi Corporation had signed an agreement for the platinum exploration of the area after three seperate outcropping reefs of platinum-containing reefs were located in the area. see