Cops hunt for killers of newlyweds

2015-01-20 14:46

Police have questioned a number of people in connection with the murder of a newlywed couple in Bryanston.

But according to MEC of Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, police have not yet been able to connect anyone to the crime yet.

At about midnight on Thursday, newlyweds Wamukelwa Memela and Wendy Campbell were awoken by intruders in their Bryanston home.

Minutes later the 29-year-olds were murdered – they were tied up and strangled before their killers fled the scene with electronic devices from the couple’s home.

“As we do from time to time, I was requested by the premier to brief the family about how far the investigation is,” Nkosi-Malobane said. “The police have not made any breakthrough as yet.”

She was briefing the media today outside the house of Wamukelwa’s father, Sandile Memela, near Alberton.

Memela is spokesperson for the national department of arts and culture.

“We have met with both families from the groom and the bride’s side. We hope that very soon we’ll be able to arrest the perpetrators,” she said.

The MEC was quick to point out that there will be no mistakes in this case as happened in the case of slain Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa when police arrested and charged a young man, only to drop the charges. But she would not elaborate further.

She added that the family and the community have been cooperating and assisting the police in finding out what happened.

“Any information received from the community is important and we don’t want to make mistakes in this particular case,” she added.

Details are still scant on what was taken in the house and how many people committed the crime. But according to the MEC, the police have taken cell-phones from the house and are going through CCTV footage. Pathologists were also brought in to comb the scene and reconstruct what might have happened that fateful night.

The MEC added that Bryanston where the murder was committed is not immune or safer than any other neighbourhood.

It has experienced high rates of housebreaking, robberies and car hijacking.

The couple will be laid to rest on Saturday and the memorial service will be held at His People Church in Joburg on Thursday afternoon.

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