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2023/06/22      |  Written By:  Captain T Sam   |   Province:  Northern Cape

Kimberley: 21 June 2023 - The police in the Northern Cape dealt tactically with a dangerous  situation in Kuruman on Sunday, 18 June 2023, following a reported murder case in Maruping, Kuruman. Police were on the trail of suspects who were allegedly involved in the murder of a 42 year old male person in the early hours of Sunday, 18 June 2023 in Maruping. The SAPS Tactical Response team (TRT) and the Flying Squad members under the Command of Captain Chumani Yono were mobilised in order to effect the arrests. Based on information at their disposal, the team  traced the suspects along the Mothibistad road while in transit and stopped their vehicle but they failed to adhere to police instructions and sped off.

The members gave chase and one of the occupants in the suspect's vehicle was spotted pointing an object  resembling  a firearm to the police and a shootout ensued that brought the suspects' vehicle to a halt and with one occupant  wounded. The police in searching the vehicle discovered two more occupants in the boot who were believed to be the murder suspects that they were tracing, of which one was wounded and later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

Five suspects ranging between the ages of 24 to 57 years old were arrested and charged for Attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearm, kidnapping, resisting arrest and failure to stop a vehicle on a reasonable instruction of a police officer. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident. All suspects will appear in the Kuruman Magistrate Court soon.

The Management of the police are committed to the enhancement of service delivery in crime combatting initiatives, the reaction time and apprehension of perpetrators in medium to high risk incidence of crime. The Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Mmantsheke Lekhele applauded the team for their swift response and the tactical manner in which they approached the situation without any SAPS member being injured.


The SAPS Tactical Response team (TRT) were mobilised