Gauteng police murders - 4 held

2012-09-01 12:14

Johannesburg - Four men were arrested on Friday morning for the murder of two Gauteng policemen, police said.

Two firearms were found in a house and a man was arrested during an operation in Palm Ridge, said police spokesperson Pinky Tsinyane.

The man took police to another two men in De Deur, south of Johannesburg. A fourth man was arrested in Mpumalanga and transferred to Gauteng.

"We've been looking for them for a while now. Our investigations link them to the crime, but for now they are still suspects pending the investigations," said Tsinyane

Warrant Officer Mongali Thomas Moagi and Constable Pantsi Daniel Tshakela Moagi were shot dead on 18 August, while responding to a hijacking in Sonland Park, Vereeniging.

A home-owner and his brother were leaving a house in Korhaan Street when a white Elantra blocked their way.

Tsinyane said three men got out, held them at gunpoint and demanded the car keys. When one of the men tried to run to a passing police vehicle on in the area, the hijackers shot him in the leg.

The hijackers then opened fire on the police. The two policemen died on the scene. The gunmen stole the police vehicle, but later abandoned it.

"We are yet to establish how the fourth suspect was involved in the crime," said Tsinyane.

The men arrested, aged between 28 and 32, faced charges of murder and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-01 12:24

    Good work SAPS. Now let the court nail them hard.

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-01 13:49

      I am sure we have some commentators of News24 which are also criminal elements due to the thumbs down that they use in articles that are against crime. They should be investigated as well.

      denis.gomo - 2012-09-02 10:57

      @HermannH. I really wonder who gave you a thumbs down. I mean, really?

  • herman.vanderelst - 2012-09-01 12:32

    Goeie werk SAPD.

  • Klaus - 2012-09-01 13:02

    Fond memories when Murderers slipped on a piece of soap & falling down a stairwell or committing suicide by jumping out of a 10th floor window ???

      james.looch - 2012-09-03 12:40

      You forgot that some criminals could not fly!

  • Caiphus Molatelo Mahlaka - 2012-09-01 13:07

    Why don't you murder them as well saps? cause they have common purpose to commit a crime! Now i know ,you choose to massacre our good dear brothers at Marikana for no apparent reason hence you spare the soul fo this thugs

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-02 10:48

      So you obviously enjoy people killing cops, but when they kill back when attacked you take issue with this? You pathetic. Really.

      james.looch - 2012-09-03 12:44

      Why hammer the South African Police Circus when they get something right, for a change?

  • Caiphus Molatelo Mahlaka - 2012-09-01 13:17

    Why don't you murder them as well Saps?Now i know,you have selective ideas SAPS cause our good dear brothers have been massacred in Marikana for no apparent reason hence you spare the souls of this thugs who murdered two of your own

  • KennySven - 2012-09-01 13:29

    More policemen are killed in any one week in our cANCer country than Hong Kong has in Five Years. We are the number one MURDER CAPITAL in the world and are proud of it.(At least we are number 1 at some thing. Why can't we get the Chinese to run our country like a proper country should be run? They can't be worse than our present lot.

  • olebogeng.diratsagae - 2012-09-01 14:16

    wa boo

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-01 16:41

      ka tooo

  • gladness.mashaba.33 - 2012-09-01 14:20

    Good work by the investigators

  • thobejane.thabo - 2012-09-02 10:10

    i wish death xecution for people who kill people why should we execise human rights on them if their not human

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