Four suspects wanted

2017-05-17 06:01
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The Free State Hawks have intensified their search for the four suspected killers of retired Moroka Swallows stalwart, Alfred Lejone Helepi.

The unit appeals for public assistance in locating the four suspects wanted in connection with the brutal killing of the retired footballer who was shot dead in his home in March last year.

The armed assailants reportedly shot Helepi three times, looted the house and fled the scene with a vehicle.

According to documents, the wanted suspects are Lesotho nationals Lira Morienyane (32), Nthabiseng Clementina Lempe (32) and Alice Majake (27), as well as Andile Banzini Gxamza (33) from Port Elizabeth.

Captain S’fiso Nyakane, the provincial Hawks spokesperson, said the four suspects could not be located at their alleged addresses.

The fifth suspect, Ntsane Togowe (37) from Bloemfontein, has since handed himself over and is out on bail of R1 000.

He handed himself over earlier this year after he had been freed along with the alleged accomplices on 11 November last year.

The five suspects were represented by Legal Aid South Africa attorneys Machini Motloung and Saintin Seitheisho.

Nyakane said Togowe would be on trial for Helepi’s murder in the Bloemfontein High Court from 9 to 12 October.

All the accused face three charges, namely housebreaking with the intent to commit a crime, robbery with aggravating circumstances and murder.

The four wanted suspects vanished shortly after their release on 11 November.

The Bloemfontein High Court allegedly freed the suspects following the appointment of two state presiding officers who were reportedly unfamiliar with the details of Helepi’s murder case.

They were let go after the regional court had also struck the matter off the roll due to the Hawks’ delay in finalising an investigation to start proceedings of the trial.

Nyakane said a warrant to rearrest the suspects had been secured on the same day after the Hawks had cleared the apparent miscommunication.

He denied that there was a delay in finalising the investigation and added that a dedicated prosecutor of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had been assigned to handle Helepi’s murder case from the start of the investigation.

The state also freed Gxamza, despite the fact that the police had been hunting him since 2012.

A warrant was issued in 2012 to arrest Gxamza to stand trial for theft and housebreaking in Port Elizabeth.

This fact caused an outrage, especially in the bereaved Helepi family.

Nyakane said the fact that Gxamza was a wanted person had also brought before the court during bail application and when the dockets were presented.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects must contact investigative officers Capt. Babani Skota on 079-509-4998 or WO Motlhoua Motshweneng on 082-372-0093.

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