Two arrested for killing of North West cop

2016-02-03 14:26

Johannesburg - Two suspects have been arrested for the killing of Warrant Officer Sipho Sithole near Brits in North West, in November last year, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

Samuel Marothi Maphanga, 24, and Luca Ndoda Mathibefazi, 39, were arrested and appeared before the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Monday, facing charges of murdering the police officer, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said in a statement.

"The officer was in his vehicle when he was approached by three men who shot him in the chest and fled with his Red VW Polo in November 2015. He was rushed to hospital, where he died two day after the incident. His vehicle was later found abandoned in Soshanguve, Pretoria," the Hawks said.

The two suspects were remanded in custody and would be back in the dock February 5. 

Sithole was stationed at Assen police station in Letlhabile Location, in North West.

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