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Police condemns mob justice following an incident whereby a man was hacked after he allegedly shot and killed another person


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Mpumalanga

NELSPRUIT - The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has strongly condemned the brutal murder of two people in Ntunda near Tonga yesterday on Sunday morning, 09 January 2022.

According to information received by police, a 32-year-old male suspect reportedly shot and killed a 24-year-old man at his parental house around 02h00am. Upon hearing several gun shots, the deceased's younger brother got out and found his brother's lifeless body with several gunshot wounds. It is said that he immediately attacked the gunman with a sharp object repeatedly until he succumbed to the injuries.

Police at Tonga were alerted and when they arrived at the scene, they were surprised to find two lifeless bodies as well as a firearm. The suspect to the second murder was still on the scene. Two cases of murder were opened by the police and a 22-year-old man was arrested and the two weapons were confiscated for investigation purposes.

The suspect is expected to appear at the Nkomazi Magistrate's Court today on Monday, 10 January 2022. The motives for the two murders are unknown at this stage however police are investigating. Meanwhile the Provincial Commissioner has urged members of the public to refrain from taking the law into their own hands when crime has been committed. Instead citizens should report crime to the authorities and then allow the law to take its course.


Brigadier Selvy Mohlala
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