Murder said to be gang-related

2019-01-30 06:00

Three young men arrested in con­nection with the murder of Patrick Kagiso (22) in Bloemfontein remain in custody while the police continue with investigation.

The suspects, aged 19, 25 and 26, are expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court this week to face a charge of murder.

They were reportedly arrested on Sunday (27/01), shortly after the murder of Kagiso, which is suspected to have been committed at about 02:30 in Phase 4, Bloemside, Bloemfontein.

Col. Thandi Mbambo, provincial police spokesperson, said the deceased had been stabbed to death with a sharp object.

She stated that the deceased had resided in the same vicinity as the three suspects.

According to the police, the murder is suspected to be gang related.

Mbambo said it was alleged that the deceased happened to have been a member of the Born to Kill (BTK) gang, which he left to join the rival gang, known as Roma.

She said according to the infor­mation received, BTK members approached the victim and questioned him about why he had left the gang.

“A scuffle ensued between them and the victim was stabbed to death,” said Mbambo.

“Two suspects were arrested at the scene with the assistance of the community.

“The third suspect was later arrested by members of the Public Order Policing Unit, who followed up on intelligence-driven information.

“The police arrested him at his parents’ home in Phase 4,” said Mbambo.

She said a case of murder was being investigated by the provincial trio task team, adding that more arrests were imminent.


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