Alleged Free State gang members killed

2013-06-15 22:24
(Nielen Bottomley, News24)

(Nielen Bottomley, News24)

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Johannesburg - Two alleged gang members have been killed in Meloding, Virginia, on Saturday, Free State police said.

"Two males aged 18 and 16 years who are alleged to belong to Magomosha grouping were murdered by suspects believed to be MaRasta group," Warrant Officer Malebo Khosana said.

"The two cases of murder were opened for further investigation by Meloding cops because the murders took place at different scenes and times."

Khosana said Meloding police were asked to escort a funeral procession in Meloding on Saturday morning.

"The reason for that [request] from the bereaved family member was because there were a number of Magomosha group members at that funeral and as a result they were afraid that they might cause chaos."

He said during the escort police received information that a man was killed at Albany, Meloding.

Police pelted with stones

"The members rushed to Albany where they found a body of a male lying on his stomach on the ground at around 12:30."

He said police found the man had been hit with a sharp object on the back of the head and he also had multiple stab wounds on his back.

"The male was already dead and his identity and age was determined at the scene with the assistance of the next of kin who was there. He is an 18-year-old resident of Phahameng, Meloding."

Khosana said while the mortuary van was busy collecting the body police received another call about a man who had been shot dead at Phahameng.

"The members swiftly drove to the scene. As they approached the scene the police bakkie was pelted with stones by a mob of males thought to be Magomosha."

He said the police bakkie was damaged on the right rear light. Police called for backup and three bakkies responded.

Situation calm

"The mob disappeared and police managed to get to the scene. They unfortunately found a body of a male lying on the ground with a gunshot wound at the back."

He was identified as a 16-year-old boy thought to belong to the Magomosha gang.

"The name of the suspect who is alleged to be a MaRasta group member is known and his arrest will be effected soon."

Khosana said Meloding police patrolled the scene and the situation was calm on Saturday evening.

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