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2021/09/27      |  Written By:  Colonel P Naidu   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

Cradock:  26 September 2021: SAPS Cradock detectives are investigating a case of murder following the death of a 36-year-old man who was allegedly fatally wounded outside a house in Lingelihle in Cradock last night, 25/09.

It is alleged that at about 20:15, Sivenathi Ralarala  was at his family’s home  in Dlephu Street  when an unknown male arrived and wanted to speak with him. After he went outside to speak with him, his family heard gunshots being fired. When they went to investigate, they found him lying on the ground. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene.  

While still at the scene, police received information that a silver Hyundai   was allegedly involved and  immediately the vehicle was circulated. The Tactical Response Team in  Mthatha spotted the vehicle on the R61  and stopped it  near Tabase village. A couple, a male,  who was the driver and the female passenger were in the vehicle. While the woman, aged 40 years  was being questioned, she allegedly took out a  pistol and shot herself in the head. She  was transported to a hospital in Mthatha for medical treatment . She is still alive and in critical condition.

The driver approximately 40 years old was detained for further questioning in relation to the Cradock murder. A 9mm pistol, magazine and six rounds of ammunition was seized. The firearm will be sent to ballistics for analysis.  The silver Hyundai was also seized for investigation.

A case of murder is under investigation.