The Moretele Magistrates Court postponed the murder and rape case against Samuel John Noko (34) to 26 November 2021 for further investigations.
Noko, who is said to be a Zion Christian Church (ZCC) pastor had allegedly murdered Monni Monyeki aged 29 and buried her in a shallow grave near a river in Mathibestad, he was initially charged for murder and defeating the ends of justice, however, an additional charge of rape was added to the docket.
Police revealed that Monyeki was reported missing by her aunt on 29 May 2021 and at that time the last person she was seen with was Noko, who was allegedly her boyfriend and was last seen together on their way to perform some rituals.
Police investigations led them to Noko, who on 12 June 2021, pointed them to a shallow grave where he had buried Monyeki. Upon her discovery, some of her body parts were missing.
Furthermore, Noko will remain in police custody until his next court appearance.