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POLICE ARREST EIGHT SUSPECTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE BRUTAL MURDER OF THREE MEN IN MOROKWENG: POTCHEFSTROOM
2022/05/30      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mokgwabone   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: 27 May 2022 - The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena welcomed the arrest of eight men, aged between 26 and 42, for kidnapping, arson and murder of three men in Morokweng earlier this week. The suspects were arrested in the early hours of Friday morning, 27 May 2022, during a crime intelligence driven operation by a multidisciplinary team comprising of Tactical Response Team (TRT), Public Order Police (POP) and Detectives.

It was reported on Tuesday, 24 May 2022, that some members of the community went to a rented house at Ga-Mokgopha Section where Bonakele Sabasaba, 32, Khayalethu Sabasaba, 22, and Zanaflex Sabasaba, 26, who are all South Africans from Carletonville in Gauteng Province, lived. The group allegedly pelted the house with stones to force out the trio. In the process of escaping the attack, the victims allegedly stabbed and injured some of the attackers. The group then chased and caught the men who were accused of dealing in drugs. The men were then taken back to the house which was eventually set alight. Sadly, the victims burnt and died in the house.

During the arrest, the police managed to confiscate a vehicle that was allegedly used during the commission of the crimes. Investigations into the matter continue.

Meanwhile, all eight suspects are expected to appear in the Ganyesa Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 30 May 2022, on three counts of murder, another three of kidnapping and one of arson.

The Provincial Commissioner commended the members for their dedication that resulted in the arrest. Police are still maintaining presence in the area.