4, including cop, held for Henning murder

2011-11-16 11:03

Johannesburg - Four people, including a suspended police constable, have been arrested in connection with the murder of a young mother in Faerie Glen, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

"The 30-year-old arrested on Monday is a police member... [There is] a case under investigation where two murder dockets were allegedly stolen, which carries an automatic suspension," said Major General Nobesuthu Masiye.

This was two weeks before the Pretoria west murder was committed.

Masiye said the policeman had confessed to participating in the murder in court. He had also led police to the other suspects after his arrest.

Shot several times

She said the other three men arrested were aged between 20 and 34.

Chanelle Henning, 26, was shot dead while driving home after dropping off her 4-year-old son at pre-primary school in Manitoba Drive last Tuesday.

Witnesses told police that two men on a motorbike overtook her car and fired several shots. One hit her in the chest, fatally wounding her.

Her car continued to drive for about 100m before crashing into a rock on the pavement.

Police questioned her ex-husband - with whom Henning had been battling for the custody of their child - but he was released. Masiye said he did not appear to be a suspect.

Masiye said the arrested policeman was South African, but she would not comment on the nationality of the other three people arrested.

Nigerian drug dealer

On Wednesday, the New Age reported two men, including the policeman, had been taken in for police questioning.

The other man had a criminal record, the newspaper reported. It claimed they had been paid by a known Nigerian drug dealer.

Masiye would not confirm this, but said: "The victim was never on drugs".

The policeman would appear in Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Further details, including the suspected motive for the killing, could not be revealed as the investigation was at a "very sensitive stage", Masiye said.

  • Marion - 2011-11-16 11:11

    So happy that they have worked so fast to apprehend suspects in this murder. I should hope that the policeman was a South African!

      procold2 - 2011-11-16 11:29

      good job sap, @aisha, i dont think this is the case,this whole thing was very public and if witnesses come forward with correct and acurate info the job becomes easy,there are many unsolved murders in this country black and white.

      PilgrimX - 2011-11-16 11:42

      Eish Aisha, eish...

      martin.vandermerwe - 2011-11-16 11:47

      @Aisha, you make me sick, always about race, get of you high hourse.

      Right - 2011-11-16 11:51

      Well done...SAPS....lets get the rest.

  • Eben - 2011-11-16 11:15

    I think there is a typo: This was two weeks before the Pretoria west murder was committed.

      Marion - 2011-11-16 11:43

      The suspension happened two weeks before over missing dockets. If, for example, the dockets related in any way to Chanelle Henning (e.g. if she had made charges against certain individuals) then it could be why she was murdered. That would explain why they have now arrested the cop who was already being investigated.

      Right - 2011-11-16 11:48

      More likely she was a witness to a crime....

      Theresa - 2011-11-16 11:49

      The case against the policemen (where 2 dockets went missing) was two weeks before the murder was committed.

      zane.zeiler - 2011-11-16 11:56

      I think Eben means the "Pretoria west" part, should read "Pretoria East"...

      Eben - 2011-11-16 12:05

      Exactly hondbyt. Thanks for clearing it up.

  • marazor - 2011-11-16 11:16

    where are the a-holes who often slate cops for not doing their job.

      Deon - 2011-11-16 11:27

      Some policemen seems to be working both sides of the law. We need to rid society of these cops.

      Go - 2011-11-16 11:29

      we right here - chop

      Kevin - 2011-11-16 11:33

      Can you not read . A cop is one of the arrested. i suppose he did his job.

  • Robbin - 2011-11-16 11:18

    At this stage the investication is going in the correct direction.

  • Chris - 2011-11-16 11:19

    It is now become clearer and clearer that the drug allegation was not true. Let the investigations continue and the truth will be revealed.

  • Lorraine - 2011-11-16 11:20

    "Masiye said the arrested policeman was South African" you can not be Policeman if you are not a SA Citizen. How does Chanelle connect with these thugs?

      David - 2011-11-16 11:27

      Say what?? The policeman could have been from another country!

  • rbphiri - 2011-11-16 11:22

    Four people, including a suspended police constable, have been arrested in connection with the murder of a young mother in Faerie Glen. When law enforcement are involved in such crimes, one wonders as to whom can be trusted in SA.

      StarStruck - 2011-11-16 11:29

      I agree. It is unfortunate to say but we are not just stuck with a few bad apples in the force but a rotten orchid and this bad batch started with the top chief Jackie Selebe. The rest of them just haven’t been caught yet.

      Rodney - 2011-11-16 11:35

      There are crooked cops the world over, always have been and always will be.

      Anthony - 2011-11-16 11:43

      if you want to start at the top lets start at the top ZUMA, selebe, cele ............this list will take forever

  • Kevin - 2011-11-16 11:32

    Well done cops ,now make sure the judiciary is not going to drop us and let them off the hook on a technicality. As for the Nigerian drug dealer. I hope someone special visits him soon.

  • Karin - 2011-11-16 11:35

    EVERYTHING always has to incur a racial comment. There are plenty of "black" cases solved and there are tons of "white" ones unsolved. Give it a rest.

  • boby.mafi - 2011-11-16 11:37

    Guess Cele would like to claim credit for this good work too!

      Marion - 2011-11-16 11:45

      Talking about Cele... how come he isn't enjoying as much media attention as Julius right now? Seems to have dropped right off the radar.

  • Herman - 2011-11-16 11:39

    Good, now for the motive, so that all the detectives commenting on news 24 can say "I told you so!"

      Dewald - 2011-11-16 11:50

      As I remember it, all the Sherlock Holmes bloggers immediately suspected the husband and 'demanded' that the child be given to the grandparents and not his father. Will they have the guts to apologize to this man if he was not involved at all?

  • djsmuts - 2011-11-16 11:40

    I can only hope Chanelle's little boy was already behind classroom doors and didn't witness his mom getting shot. How terribly sad this is...

      makesuthink - 2011-11-16 12:44

      i raed in another report that he was just inside the gate and saw the shooting. I really hope that he is not too traumatised

  • Henning - 2011-11-16 11:41

    and the plot thickens....

  • Sean - 2011-11-16 11:42

    The police actually got off their arses and did their job for once!

  • Riaan - 2011-11-16 11:48

    drugs? mmmmmmmmmmmm. the husband might have been involved in drug dealing and could not meet his commitments therefore the Nigerian organised a hit on his wife in order for the hubby to pay up. MMMM, one never knows with these things hey. nudge nudge wink wink

  • Elaine - 2011-11-16 11:48

    Very hard to read this article.

  • John - 2011-11-16 11:50

    Congratulations too the SAP. It is not for anyone to speculate but this lady was not stalked for 1 week and then shot randomly. The truth will emerge. God help us as a country. Life seems to have become so cheap. Kids killing their parents, wife kills her husband, rugby player gunned down, innocent girl kidnapped and killed, sodomising raping & killing infants. It is one long horror movie that never ends!

  • Erich - 2011-11-16 11:59

    All the culprits involved should be dealth with swiftly and effectively. If there is any truth in the involvement in a Nigerian drug lord, this guy should be exposed and apprehended swiftly. When is the government of the day going to realise that the filth from overseas countries, (especially Nigeria, Zim and Mozambique) have to be eradicated like vermin.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-16 12:02

    Get rid of these the crime levels reduce dramatically!!

  • Piet - 2011-11-16 12:04

    And the minister is worried about private security firms. The cANCer want to meddle in everything that works!!!

  • bothahe - 2011-11-16 12:13

    None of this makes sense. Where is the motive? I get the feeling something very important is not in the reports we are seeing. So far it really does look as if it will all lead back to the ex.

  • Tiny - 2011-11-16 12:19

    I agree with Grant, as a former detective,I know in general who comes forward and who not during an investigation. Aisha,Thopa and Skhokho has the level of intelligence of Malema. This has nothing to do with racism,and as long as you expose your ignorance..what hope is there ???

  • Anton - 2011-11-16 12:27

    "THE EX-HUSBAND BATTLING FOR CUSTODY of the child", do i smell a rat, something spooky here or am I the only one haunted?

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