4 in court for 30 serious crimes in Mpumalanga

2015-02-15 21:16
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Mbombela - Four Mozambican nationals arrested in connection with more than 30 serious crimes carried out in Mpumalanga, including the murder of White River resident Clive Bowers, will appear in court on Monday.

The men, aged between 23 and 36, were arrested on Thursday afternoon following a month-long joint operation between intelligence, detectives and tactical response units.

“These alleged heartless and senseless criminals are accused of more than 30 serious crimes which include house robberies, house breaking, armed robberies and murder. The suspects have preliminarily disclosed that they were the ones responsible for the death of Mr Bowers,” said Mpumalanga police spokesperson Selvy Mohlala.

Bowers, 60, was shot dead in his home at the Bundu Wildlife Estate in January after being involved in a tussle with assailants who broke into his home and pepper-sprayed him before shooting him and fleeing with a television set and cellphones.

According to Mohlala, the suspects confessed that a firearm recovered by the police was used in the murder of Bowers.

The suspects are also being linked to an attack on a family of five in the Lowveld National Botanical Garden in Mbombela. The family was walking through the garden when they were attacked and robbed by a group of men with pangas.

“It also emerged that the suspects were posing as hawkers in the streets of Mbombela by day and were hooligans during the night. Police have since recovered a 9mm pistol and three live rounds of ammunition from them,” Mohlala said.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Mark Magadlela said that the arrest of the suspects will cause the community to breathe a sigh of relief.

“Now that we have arrested these suspects with a habit of causing pain and suffering to others, we believe that the community will breathe a sigh of relief. However, we will not be fooled, we still have other criminal elements within the community. I make a humble call to the community to continue working with the police in their quest to root out crime,” said Magadlela.

Magadlela praised the joint task team for their "hard work, concerted effort and diligence."

The suspects are scheduled to appear before the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Monday.


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