Murder suspects end lives

2012-08-24 00:00

THE investigation into the murder of Matthew Neethling, who was found dead in his room in Pelham 10 days ago, has had a tragic ending.

The two suspects, including Neethling’s girlfriend, were killed in an apparent suicide pact as police swooped on their hide-out near Matatiele.

They had been on the run from police after being seen leaving Neethling’s room soon after the murder.

Neethling had received a sizeable payout from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) shortly before he was shot dead in his room in Rudling Road, Pelham. The 38-year-old mechanic was found dead on his bed by his landlord’s son-in-law, Robert Carelse, on the morning of August 14.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said police, acting on a tip-off, traced the girlfriend, Thenjiwe Mlitwa (34), and her cousin, Elvis Makae (35), to where they were in hiding at Maluti, near Matatiele.

“On arrival at the house, members identified themselves as policemen and instructed that the occupants open the door.

“A short while later, they heard two gunshots being fired from inside the house and immediately forced open the door …”

Mlitwa was found dead with a gunshot wound to her head.

Makae, also with a gunshot wound to his head, was taken to Kokstad hospital where he died on Monday morning.

“It is believed that prior to their arrest, Makae shot Mlitwa before turning the gun on himself. A 9 mm Norinco pistol, believed to have been stolen, was found next to him,” said Zwane.

He said Neethling, who was involved in a car accident in Pretoria some time ago, received an RAF payout days before he was murdered.

After the payout, Neethling bought himself a Chevrolet bakkie, a flat-screen television, fridge and washing machine, all with cash.

Attempts to get comments from Neethling’s family yesterday were unsuccessful.


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