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Acting Provincial Commissioner of the North West condemns murder incidents
2015/08/10

Media Statement from North West Media Centre
Corporate Communication
South African Police Service

The North West Acting Provincial Commissioner; Major General Jacob Tsumane condemned murder incidents in which three  suspects were arrested over the weekend.

In Madibogo, a 30-year-old suspect was apprehended for the alleged murder of an 18-year-old victim in Madibogopan on Sunday, 9 August 2015 at about 23:00.

It is alleged that the victim was with his friends at the local tavern when the suspect entered and drew a knife. The suspect allegedly started stabbing people randomly inside the tavern and three people were seriously stabbed while one was transported to hospital where he died upon arrival. The suspect is due to appear in Atamelang Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 for murder.

Still in Madibogo, the police arrested a suspect, 39, for allegedly killing a 43-year-old victim in Lenganeng Section at about 00:05 in Madibogo.

According to information at our disposal, the suspect and the victim were at the local tavern when a quarrel ensued between them. It is alleged that the suspect drew a knife and stabbed the victim on the chest. He was transported to the local hospital, but was certified dead on arrival. The suspect is expected to appear in Atamelang Magistrates’ court tomorrow, 11 August 2015 on a charge of murder.

In another incident in Brits, a 19-year-old suspect is expected to appear in Brits Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 for allegedly stabbing to death a 19-year-old victim.  The incident took place in Phase 1 Oukasie, Brits at about 15:50.

It is alleged that the victim was on his way home when he and the suspect had an argument.  The suspect allegedly stabbed the victim with a knife on his chest and was also certified dead on arrival at the hospital. The suspect was arrested on the scene after police reacted swiftly to the incident. Investigation into three cases continues.

"While we sympathise with families of the deceased persons, we also want to urge communities to ensure that differences are solved amicably. We will do anything possible to ensure that perpetrators in cases like these are arrested and dealt with accordingly including opposing bail.  We will also ensure strict enforcement of Liquor Act at the taverns, “said Major General Jacob Tsumane.

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