More arrests expected in Bozwana murder case

2015-11-19 14:57
North West businessman Wandile Bozwana. Picture: Dumisane Lubisi

North West businessman Wandile Bozwana. Picture: Dumisane Lubisi

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Gauteng police are hot on the heels of more suspects linked to the October murder of North West businessman Wandile Bozwana following the arrests of two people yesterday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said two men were found in possession of ammunition during their arrest in Johannesburg. He said they believed more than two people were involved in the murder of Bozwana, who was showered with a hail of bullets on the N1 at the Garsfontein offramp more than a month ago.

Although police would not give any hints of whom they were hunting, Bozwana’s allies believed that some of those being sought could be from the North West province, even though the murder happened in Gauteng.

The ANC in the North West and the provincial government defended Premier Supra Mahumapelo from accusations that he might be linked to the killing. Bozwana was a known Mahumapelo critic.

The late businessman had accused the premier of greed and of trying to influence the awarding of tenders and blacklisting companies owned by his detractors. Bozwana’s business allies in the North West Business Forum had offered a reward of R2 million for any information that would lead to the arrests and successful conviction of those involved in the murder.

Bozwana’s friend and one of the business forum leaders, Sello Mogodiri, said: “We welcome the arrests and now that those who were bought are behind bars we are waiting to hear who will be named and shamed in the North West.

“We want to know who the paymaster was and we are expecting blue lights [an unofficial reference to VIP vehicles] to be stopped somewhere,” Mogodiri said.

Unofficial reports were that one of the two men arrested in Gauteng had confessed to Bozwana’s murder and has given police more names of those who might be implicated.

The arrests were welcomed by Bozwana’s family, with his brother Benedict saying it would “restore my family’s faith in the police”.

“We’re happy that those who did this evil thing are now where they belong, behind bars. Police have also informed us that more arrests were looming and all this is good news for the family,” Benedict said.

Dlamini said the two suspects would appear in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
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