Cops nab man linked to Limpopo cop’s murder

2017-10-11 12:41
SA Police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

SA Police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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Vuwani - Limpopo police have arrested a man linked to the murder of a senior police officer, the attempted murder of another officer as well as the armed robbery of four security guards in Thohoyandou at the weekend.

The 32-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday by members of a special task team, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said. He was found in possession of a firearm and is expected to appear in the Thohoyandou Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

On Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Phineas Marubini Mamatsiari - who was attached to the Thohoyandou Vehicle Identification and Safeguarding (VIS) unit – was shot dead outside his home in Vuwani, Thohoyandou, by unknown suspects, who then robbed him of the state vehicle he was travelling in. 

While the police were hunting for the gunmen, reports were received that the same suspects had attacked and robbed four security guards – from the Mpheni, Waterval and Mbhokota clinics, and Bungeni Health Centre – of their pistols.

In the early hours of Monday morning, around 00:45, the same group of suspects was spotted next to the University of Venda.

"They were immediately pursued and a motor vehicle chase ensued. During the chase, there was crossfire between police and the suspects."

One policeman - attached to the Public Order Police - was shot and seriously injured. The 32-year-old constable is currently in hospital recovering from his injuries. His identity cannot be revealed as he may be called as a witness, Ngoepe said.

A murder, attempted murder and robbery case has been opened.

By Monday night, the hijacked vehicle and a firearm were recovered in the bushes along the Thohoyandou and Phundamaria road, Ngoepe said.

The search for the second suspect and the tracing of the robbed firearms are still underway, Ngoepe said.

Anyone who can assist with information about the second suspect may contact the nearest police station, the Crime Stop number 0860010111 or the crime line SMS line 32211.

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