26 May 2018


Mayor condemns kidnapping and killing of a foreign national

by: Shallot Setlhaku   date: 26 January 2018

Ratlou Local Municipality Mayor, Tebogo Modise and residents of
Setlagole village have received with shock the news of the brutal
killing and death of a Bangladeshi national and a local
The deceased was allegedly reported missing last week and his
vehicle was subsequently found abandoned not far away from the
bush where his decomposed body was found. The gruesome
death follows an alleged kidnapping by unknown people who
demanded a ransom for his release.
According to police reports, the 32-year- old Mohamed Fakerul
Hassan - locally known as Parviz - was allegedly kidnapped by two
unknown suspects two weeks ago at about 20:00 when entering
his business premises at Lokaleng section in Setlagole.
The suspects forced him into his bakkie and drove along the N18
Mahikeng to Vryburg Road. His vehicle was found abandoned a
few metres from the road along the nearby bridge. Following a
two-day intensive search by police, his body was found in the bush
along the river by police`s dog unit. He was found with several
bullet wounds to the body.
Ratlou Mayor Modise condemned the incident and said: “It is
deeply disturbing when a resident in a community is killed in such
a barbaric manner, but it is even more hurting when someone who
is a life changer for the community he lives in dies so gruesomely.
“As the municipality, we are deeply concerned about the
development of local economy since one of our mandate is to
create a conducive environment for investors and for everyone
who wants to play a part in bettering the lives of our community,”
she said.
Modise said the municipality was disturbed by a growing number
of criminal incidents in various Ratlou communities, more
especially those involving economic crimes such as business
robberies and burglaries.

“We need to fight the growing unemployment and sidling poverty in
our communities by lobbing for entrepreneurship and further attract
investors through provincial government’s VTSD [Villages,
Townships and Small Dorpies] programme.
“However, we call for calm and stability from the community of
Setlagole and urge members of the public or anyone who might
have information that can assist the police investigations to come
forward and share information with the police,” appealed Modise.