No arrests following Marikana cop's murder

2015-04-05 09:46


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Johannesburg - No arrests have been made following the fatal stabbing of Gauteng public order policing head Colonel David Hlanganani Makhubela, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Noxolo Kweza confirmed Makhubela's death.

His body was found by passers-by on a street in Turffontein late on Friday night, and police were alerted. He was in plain clothes.

Foul play

The SA Police Union (Sapu) on Saturday said it believed that a number of factors in the killing of Makhubela indicated foul play.

Sapu general secretary Oscar Skommere said Makhubela's firearm and his wallet were still on him when his body was discovered. His car, which was parked a distance away from where the attack took place, was not taken either.

Skommere said it appeared the only items taken were Makhubela's personal and work cellphones.

"It is very suspicious," he said.

Makhubela previously provided a statement to the Marikana commission of inquiry, which investigated the deaths of 44 people during strike-related violence at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg, North West.

He was in command of six armoured vehicles which had to spread out barbed wire at the scene.

Thirty-four people, mostly striking mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police, over 70 were wounded, and another 250 arrested on August 16 2012 in Marikana.

Police were apparently trying to disarm and disperse them. In the preceding week, 10 people, including policemen and two security guards, were killed.

Police deaths

Makhubela's killing comes less than a week after a gang brazenly shot at police officers on the busy N3 highway near Modderfontein. One police officer died instantly, while another died later in hospital.

A third is in a stable condition in hospital.

On Monday, a day after the highway shooting, a gang inside a truck shot at officers in Kempton Park.

One officer was seriously injured.

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