Gunmen spread terror

2015-08-12 06:00

UNIDENTIFIED gunmen continue with their reign of terror within the Goldfields as they evade the police.

The armed syndicate has several areas, including residences, turned into fields of slaughter.

This is coupled with unabated armed robberies and murders.

The killing spree involves rival gold miners at dysfunctional mine shafts in Welkom as well as gangsters.

Their activities have led to an uncountable number of deaths of innocent people, including Lesotho nationals believed to be directly or indirectly involved in gold-dust dealings.

From 4 July to 3 August, the police in Welkom have reported a series of murders and armed robberies.

The trigger-happy syndicate has caused havoc recently, killing a number of people in Welkom and disappearing without a trace, which greatly complicates police investigations.

The police continue their search and even appeal for the public’s assistance to bring the guilty parties to book.

On 4 July an unknown man, believed to be an illegal gold miner, was shot and killed in St Helena.

A woman originating from Lesotho, identified as Makhauta Mokhele (30), was shot dead by gunmen at the Phakisa Village on 14 July at about 19:45.

On 24 July a Lesotho national, a 30-year-old man, survived after he had been shot and wounded at the Phakisa Mine hostel in Welkom at about 04:00.

On 29 July three victims were attacked by four unknown men wearing blankets and balaclavas and armed with pistols.

The victims were chased in different directions and one of them was fatally shot at about 03:30 near the President Steyn Shaft number 1 in Welkom.

Const. Kethabile Mofokeng, Welkom police spokesperson, said the other two men who had accompanied the man who had been shot escaped unhurt.

The unknown man’s body is still being kept at the Welkom Mortuary.

On 1 July a 35-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint by three unknown men wearing blankets shortly after he had left the Manny’s Shopping Complex. The victim was robbed of a Nokia C2 cellphone and R250 at about 19:30.

On 2 August, four men believed to be from the Eastern Cape were shot dead and their bodies were found at Extension 19, an extension residential area of Hani Park and Bronville in Welkom. Two of the four deceased were identified as Zamelikhaya Nqweliso (39) and Zolani Qoza (28). The other two deceased are yet to be identified.

Sgt. Mamello Mokhuoane, Thabong police spokesperson, said the four deceased, who drove a Toyota Corolla with Eastern Cape number plates, were attacked by a group of armed men upon dropping off three hitch-hikers who had asked for lift a from the Manny’s Shopping Complex in Welkom.

She said the armed men had apparently demanded to climb in the car, claiming that they too needed a lift.

In the event, one of the gunmen opened fire, wounding the driver and three other passengers, according to reports received from the two surviving passengers who reported the incident at the Bronville Police Station.

A case of murder was registered at the Bronville police for further investigation.

The police appeal for the public’s assistance in providing information to bring the suspects to book.

Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of the suspects can call the investigative officers: WO Mokhejane Khutsoane, on 057-391-6259 during office hours, or 083-940-1743; WO Riaan de Lange on 057-391-6271; or Const. Tsie Matlokotsi on 057-391-6240 during office hours

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