PRETORIA – Two people appeared within the week in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court in reference to the murder of Ocean Basket seafood restaurant owner Lizette Deacon and her mother Hettie, the NPA said on Tuesday.
Sophy Mmako, who was a domestic worker for the slain Deacons, appeared in court on Monday together with her co-accused, her 41-year-old boyfriend Lazarus Mahlo.
“Lazarus Mahlo and Sophy Mmako appeared in Polokwane Magistrate’s Court [on Monday] on charges of two counts of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and kidnapping respectively,” said Limpopo spokesperson for the NPA Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi.
“A team of investigators made a breakthrough on arresting two more suspects, Lazarus Mahlo aged 41 and a domestic worker Sophy Mmako aged 51 who was employed by the Polokwane businesswoman deceased, Lizette and her mother Hettie Deacon.”
Both accused were arrested on Friday September 18 in several places.
Mmako was arrested in Polokwane, while Mahlo was nabbed in Tembisa, Gauteng province.
Malabi-Dzhangi said the the South African Police Service is looking for a Zimbabwean national named Owen who uses different surnames.
“The police also are calling on Owen to avail himself at the closest police headquarters because it is believed he might assist within the ongoing investigations. Owen, who may be a Zimbabwean, uses either of the subsequent as surnames – Setsiba, Makutara or Mbedzi.
“Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Owen is requested to contact the closest police headquarters or the Crime focal ratio 0860010111,” Malabi-Dzhangi said.
“The matter was postponed to September 25. Both accused will join the opposite two co-accused Abibi Hamid and Casper Mudau.”
The bodies of 55-year-old Lizette and her 70-year-old mother were found with stab wounds in an abandoned vehicle on the R37 next to the Kushcke off-ramp earlier this month.
It is alleged that the 2 women had been attacked in their range in Welgelegen near the Cycad Estate in Polokwane, then loaded into an SUV.
The first two suspects Hamid and Mudau were arrested last week. They appeared within the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday last week on charges concerning two counts of murder and house robbery.
“Hamid, a Zimbabwean national, was also charged under the Immigration Act “as he’s within the country illegally,” police said at the time.
African press agency