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Suspect arrested for tavern shooting


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Free State

FREE STATE - A 40-year-old suspect was arrested for the alleged murder of a man at a tavern in Meqheleng.

It is reported that on 18 February 2022, three unknown male suspects arrived at a local tavern armed with firearms and fatally shot one person at the gate and proceeded entering the tavern where they continued firing shots randomly injuring five patrons.

Ficksburg police opened cases of murder and attempted murder for investigation. The five victims were taken to hospital for medical attention.

Provincial Anti-Gang Unit was assigned to take over investigations and on 04 October 2022, members received intelligence on the whereabouts of one of the suspects. Members immediately proceeded to the identified house in Meqheleng where the 40-year-old suspect was found. He was arrested for murder and attempted murder.  The manhunt continues for the remaining suspects.

The suspect will appear in court soon.

Anyone who might have information on the remaining suspects’ whereabouts is urged to contact Detective Warrant Officer Sekgo on 078 184 9105 or call our Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 or send information through the MySAPS App.


Sgt Mahlomola Kareli
082 527 6634