Couple Arrested over faking death and stolen car.Source@Instagram

‘Thabo Bester Is that You?’ Tshwane Cople Arrested After ‘Dead’ Man Stole A Car

A Tshwane couple has been arrested after a dead man, who was reported to have died in a home fire last year, was caught driving a stolen car. The police are now investigating who was buried in his place.

Sibusiso Mahlangu and his wife Lerato of Soshanguve have been charged with murder, perjury, and fraud.

Investigations over who died in the fire

Officials have yet to reveal who was buried in Mahlangu’s place. Police are preparing the proper applications to exhume the body. The body, however, is said to be that of Lerato’s ex-boyfriend, 32-year-old Sibusiso Sithebe, the father of her baby.

The burnt victim was discovered wearing a ring belonging to Mahlangu.

Couple Arrested over faking death and stolen car.Source@Instagram

Missing person report believed to be the victim

Sithebe was reported missing on January 1, 2022, after he and his new fiancée attended their child’s birthday celebration, according to Sithebe’s sister, Linah.

Linah said that Sithebe’s girlfriend contacted the family after he failed to return from a job in Hammanskraal. The family filed a missing persons report.

Mobile Operator who is assisting speaks up

She said that they solicited the assistance of a relative who worked for a mobile operator in order to locate her brother’s phone.

“He managed to track Sibusiso’s call log and find out who called him last.”

Linah stated that she dialled that number and that Lerato answered.

Lerato denies seeing her ex

“I told her Sibusiso had not been home in two days, and we were worried and asked if she had seen or heard of him, but she said no.

“Lerato said she and Sibusiso had last spoken at the end of October or the beginning of November,” said Linah.

Lerato told Linah that the news of Sithebe’s disappearance “was stressing her” because she had also just lost her husband.

“She said she was sitting on the mattress grieving her husband, who had died in a fire in their RDP house on 1 January 2022.

“I started feeling pity for her and was thinking, ‘You just lost your husband, and the father of your child is missing,’” said Linah.

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