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Vagrant murdered, five suspects arrested

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape


GQEBERHA –  Swift reaction between  Gqeberha K9 unit,  Flying Squad and Metro Police  led to the speedy arrest of five suspects  after a group of vagrants were assaulted  in Central on Thursday evening, 8/06. It is alleged that at approximately 21:15, Gqeberha K9 unit, Flying Squad and Metro Police were patrolling in Rink Street, Central when they noticed a group of people standing next to a man that was laying in the street. The person was badly assaulted and died due to his injuries.  According to information, five suspects assaulted the group who were sleeping. The deceased could not escape their wrath and was fatally beaten. The suspects had fled towards a petrol station in Rink Street.

The police members and Metro Police were quick to react and arrested the five suspects. The deceased is presently unknown   and is believed to be in his fifties. The suspects, aged between 31 and 41 years old, will appear in the Gqeberha magistrate court on Monday, 12 June 2023, on a charge of murder. Police are seeking the communities assistance in tracing the family of the deceased  or may be able to identify him,  may contact SAPS Humewood, D/Cst Ridwaan Baatjies 073 130 3018 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the nearest police station or send information via the My SAPS App.


Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg
082 779 7173