TWO shovels, a blood-stained curtain and muddied shoes yesterday gave police a good lead when they arrested four men in connection with the murder of a constable. The suspects will appear in court today, after the body of Constable Thabo Mlotshwa (32) was discovered in a shallow grave in Mpola, Mariannhill, almost a week after he had gone missing last Friday. Mlotshwa was a member of the Police’s National Intervention Unit in Durban. Members of the provincial tracking team, Chatsworth cluster crime intelligence and the directorate for priority crime investigation worked tirelessly to find Mlotshwa. The four suspects — between the ages of 17 and 34 — were arrested in the area. Mlotshwa left his home on Friday last week in his vehicle and proceeded to the Mpola area to meet with an acquaintance, according to police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane. “On his arrival at Mpola he was approached by the suspects who overpowered him and fired two fatal shots. The suspects took the policeman’s personal belongings such as his wallet, cellphones, bag and his service pistol before his body was buried in a shallow grave at Mpola,” Zwane added. His car was also taken by the suspects and was found abandoned in Lindelani on Tuesday. The provincial tracking team followed up information about the whereabouts of the suspects and went to one suspect’s home in Mpola where they found two shovels, the deceased’s bag, firearm retainer, a blood-stained curtain and muddied shoes. “The members seized the items and proceeded to a house where one of the suspects was hiding. When questioned about the incident he confessed to his involvement in the killing of the constable.” Area councillor Bhekisisa Hlongwa said the community was still shocked about the discovery. Hlongwa said he was going to meet with the community policing forum to discuss the matter. Provincial commissioner Lieutenant- General Mmamonnye Ngobeni expressed her shock and disappointment on learning that another policeman had been killed in the province. “It is very disturbing that these thugs targeted a very young and productive member of the SAPS and killed him for their own personal reasons. We will ensure that his colleagues and family receive the necessary support,” she said. The police said investigations are continuing and more arrests are imminent.