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2021/04/30      |  Written By:  Sergeant RL Lefakane   |   Province:  Gauteng

The Bekkersdal SAPS have launched a manhunt for suspect(s) of Murder after a body of a female believed to be 40-year-old was found burned beyond recognition in what was reported to be a shack fire that happened on the 24th of April 2021 at approximately 20:00pm in Mandela informal settlement in Bekkersdal.

The police were called to a scene of a shack fire and just after the fire was extinguished, the police made a gruesome discovery. A badly burned body of a female with both her hands tied to the back was found inside the shack. The motive for the killing is currently unknown to the police however Murder investigation is underway. We are therefore making an appeal to the community to come forward with information that could lead to the solving of this case.

In a separate incidents, the police removed two (2) firearms from the hands of the criminals when they arrested three suspects with ages ranging from 24, 29 and 35 years while conducting they normal duties. On Friday the 23rd of April 2021 at approximately 23:15pm, the police were conducting their normal patrol duties around Xuma Street when they spotted a male walking and when he noticed the police he started running, they gave chance and when they searched him they discovered a firearm with ammunition.

On the 24th the members were up on their heels once more when they spotted a suspiciously looking males just after passing the speed humps on the Simunye bridge, the males were allegedly carrying firearms in their hands and when they saw the police they started shooting at the police.

One was arrested and two fled into the open veld but through information and intelligently driven operation the police managed to trace and arrest the one from the pair who fled in possession of eight live ammunition. The trio were charged with possession of unlicensed firearm, possession of unlicensed ammunition and a charge of attempted murder was added to the pair following a shootout with the police.

Intensified patrols have been conducted around both streets after they were identified as crime flash points. The suspects have been targeting unsuspecting victims walking during the night and during the early hours of the morning. They would rob, rape and even kill without fear. Awareness campaigns along with public

meetings were held around the entire policing precinct with the aim to warn, educate and encouraging communities to avoid being victims of crime and for sharing information with the police to lessen the reported incidents. 

The Station Commander Colonel Phumelele Matamela commended and applauded the members for selflessly and tirelessly working around the clock preventing all acts which may threaten the safety and security of the community as mandated by the state. She further extended her gratitude to the members of the Community policing forums for always availing and ensuring joint efforts in all crime combating activities around the entire policing precinct. Anyone with information that could assist the police in solving the murder case may contact the Bekkersdal SAPS on 011 755 8040/8069 alternatively they may contact the investigating office Detective/ Sergeant Shiwe Mkone on 072 561 9417

Report any suspicious behavior by calling Crime Stop on 08600 10111 alternatively send information anonymously on mySAPS app that can be downloaded on any smart phone.  

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