Brothers linked to shooting

2018-07-11 06:02
Sgt Moeletsi Mamatela. Photo: Loren Battersby

Sgt Moeletsi Mamatela. Photo: Loren Battersby

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Two Seatile brothers, Nkwebe (24) and Katiso (23), linked to the attempted murder of a police officer, are set to reappear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday (13/07).

According to the police, they were allegedly part of the four assailants linked to the shooting on Sgt Moeletsi Mamatela (43) on 29 June.

The two brothers residing in Phase 4 were arrested shortly after the incident.

Mamatela is attached to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in Bloemfontein and is reportedly recovering well at a Bloemfontein hospital where he was admitted.

Col Thandi Mbambo, provincial police spokesperson, said the Seatile brothers face charges of attempted murder of the officer and the possession of an unlicensed firearm suspected to be used during the shooting.

She said two other suspects were linked to the attack on Mamatela at a braai place in Mophethe Street in Phahameng, Bloemfontein.

She said ongoing investigation include the motive of why the officer was shot and an intensive search for the two suspects still on the run.

Mbambo said one of the suspects is believed to be a Gr. 8 learner.

“Three men allegedly confronted Mamatela at about 20:00. During the confrontation one of them drew a firearm, shot Mamatela in the right side of the lower abdomen and fled the scene in a green Toyota Corolla,” said Mbambo.

She said on-duty police officers of the Mangaung Police Station caught the Seatile brothers before disappearing.

“At about 20:10 members who were on the way to the crime scene, noticed an unknown male with a firearm in Ngalo Street. They approached him and he tossed the firearm on the ground and ran away.

“Members gave chase and arrested him. They then confiscated a 7.65 mm firearm and ammunition in his possession. The extensive intelligence driven operation led to the arrest of the other brother and the recovery of the green getaway vehicle,” said Mbambo.

  • The police are appealing to anyone with information on the whereabouts of the other two wanted suspects to call the investigative officer, Capt. Molaolwa Motlhanke, on 082-527-7769. Matamela’s attack was the fourth attack on police officers in Bloemfontein’s township areas this year. Three were killed and robbed of their service firearms.

Late in May, a member of the Free State Hawks, Capt. Qeya Jonas Tshabalala (52) was shot dead in Rocklands.

He was attending to a complaint in the vicinity when attacked by assailants. The police have thus far only arrested one suspect, Sprin­kaan Maema (33), regarding Qeya’s brutal murder.

The other slain officers are Sgt Motse Monyaki and Const. Bongani Moses Saliwe, killed in February and March, respectively in Phahameng and JB Mafora, Bloemfontein.

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