Photos to help nab murderers

2015-04-20 00:00

POLICE investigators will use photos taken of a murder of a Mozambican in ­Johannesburg to try hunt down the killers.

The police’s Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela thanked the journalists yesterday at a press conference in Pretoria, saying their evidence of the murder will help to “hunt the attackers”.

Mawela was one of the officials who addressed the media on xenophobic ­violence.

The victim, Emmanuel Sithole from ­Mozambique, was murdered on Saturday morning in front of a reporting team from the Sunday Times.

His attackers stabbed him repeatedly while he begged for mercy. The journalists took the critically wounded Sithole to the Edenvale Hospital, but he died of his wounds, including a punctured heart.

Mawela asked the residents of Alexandra, where the attack happened, to assist the police to arrest the murderers.

He said his office had received ­complaints from Zimbabweans that ­officers at the Jeppestown police station had ignored them when they reported xenophobic threats a week before the ­attacks erupted. “The police members who ignored the people who wanted to share information, will be investigated.”

Meanwhile false claims printed on pamphlets and spread by social media that bus loads of immigrants are supposedly entering South Africa to launch revenge attacks are causing a lot of problems for the police.

Mawela said the police were monitoring social media and are searching for those who printed the pamphlets.

Minister of State Security David ­Mahlobo said seven people had been killed in xenophobic violence by yesterday ­afternoon, and 307 people had been ­arrested for attacking foreigners.

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