Mpuma gang on 'horrendous' crime spree

2012-02-24 22:30

Johannesburg - A gang of thugs shot dead a security guard and a youth, shot and wounded two other guards and raped a teenager in a "horrendous" crime spree in Mpumalanga, police said on Friday.

"Police are in pursuit of three heartless criminals who fatally shot a security guard and a 17-year-old boy, then wounded two other guards," Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi said in a statement.

The crime spree took place in the Mhala district near the Mozambican border, about 300km from Nelspruit, on Thursday.

The men shot three security guards at the Rolle railway station and stole two revolvers and a 9mm pistol, Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi said in a statement.

All three were hospitalised, where one later died.

The armed gang then went to a shop, where they demanded guns from two security guards.

"The suspects then realised that these guards had no firearms. They then dragged them inside the shop they were guarding and stole money," Hlathi said.

The three men went to a house at the back of the shop, tied up the occupants at gunpoint and demanded money and firearms.

"The suspects then ruthlessly killed a 17-year-old boy who was in the house," said Hlathi.

From there, the gang went to Hokwe Trust in Mhala.

"They forcefully entered a certain house and gang raped an 18-year-old girl. They also went to another house and continued with their horrendous acts where the occupants were robbed of their vehicle, which was later found a few metres away from the house," said Hlathi.

No arrests had been made by late Friday afternoon.

  • John - 2012-02-24 23:13

    Free...doom !!!

      Ian - 2012-02-25 00:28

      Why is this 'horrendous'? This just sounds like the normal run-of-the-mill day in South Africa.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-25 00:43

      Hmmm.. Just normal behaviour. Wish we still had the Scorpions.. or would this have been to small for them. Where were the SAPD while all this was going on?

  • Klaus - 2012-02-25 01:13

    I'm sure those bastards are back in Mozambique now, and even if they get caught, will be out on bail, for half the money they stole, in 3 days. G..d help us!

      Peter - 2012-02-26 07:37

      These Moz okes don't like South Africans, hence the violence of the crimes. They remember the xenophobic attacks, and its poisoned some of them. Revenge time - and their own country is such a mess, they don't have much hope, the people are bitter failures.

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-25 10:59

    I wonder if the SAPS will ever catch up with crime statics. SA is scaring.

  • Bakers - 2012-02-25 12:44

    What is that long and never can be remembered phone number that we need to phone if we need to call the SAPS in a hurry. I know in America its 911. Even ADT has been able to get a 911 number 0860 100 911. if we use the old cell phone key pad SAPS becomes something like 7277 but we need 24hours and a fast service perhaps the cell phone lot can get together and redirect all 911 calls to the correct call centre and perhaps we can shorten the time it takes to call for help. PS I saw a new 24 article that the SAPS got the number wrong when they mixed up the numbers. Let’s all vote for a 911 emergency centre in SA God know we need one !

      Peter - 2012-02-26 07:35

      Its no use, the SAPS are so corrupt and useless its pointless calling them. Our cops don't even come out anymore when called for help.

  • James Easson - 2013-04-25 14:23

    Bring back the death penelty, Get rid of the SakaMpupu and get real cops

  • James Easson - 2013-04-25 14:25

    Bring back the death penelty,get rid of the SAKAMPUPU and employ real Cops

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