Help us find murder suspects - MEC

2013-03-11 22:33
Faith Mazibuko (File: Sapa)

Faith Mazibuko (File: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Residents of Etwatwa, Ekurhuleni, and surrounding areas must help the police catch those who killed a woman and her daughter, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko said on Monday.

"These criminals probably live among the community and are someone's brother, father or uncle. The police will welcome any reliable information that will lead to arrests," Mazibuko said in a statement.

The woman and her daughter were killed during an attack at their home in Etwatwa, Daveyton, on Sunday when three armed men entered their home around 20:00.

They confronted a tenant, 19, at the house at gunpoint and forced her to open the gate.

They entered the house with her and found the house owner, Dina Masuku, 62, and her daughter Phumzile, 26, inside. The men allegedly repeatedly raped Phumzile and the tenant.

Police could not confirm whether the elderly woman was also raped. The men tied up Dina and Phumzile and covered their heads with plastic bags which they taped around their necks.

The tenant was threatened, tied up, blindfolded and locked up in a back room.

The tenant untied herself in the early hours of the morning, escaped through the window and alerted the neighbours.

Police arrived and found that the mother and daughter had suffocated.

The attackers fled the scene with two cellphones and a VW Polo belonging to Phumzile's boyfriend. The car was found in KwaThema.

One man, aged 31, was arrested. The other two were still at large. Cases of murder, rape and house robbery were opened.

"To think that this horrific and horrendous crime even happened in full view of children, it did not only result in trauma, but sad memories the children will have to live with," Mazibuko said.

"I send my deepest condolence to the families."

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