Two men arrested for Lenasia funeral killings

2017-03-15 12:22


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Johannesburg - Police have arrested two suspects in Welkom on Wednesday in connection with two murders in Thembelihle, Lenasia.

"We were busy with our investigation when we apprehended two suspects in the early hours of yesterday (Tuesday) morning in Welkom. There are eight others that are outstanding and we know who they are," said police spokesperson General Fred Kekana. 

Kekana said police had also recovered one pistol and 38 rounds of ammunition during the arrest.

The men will be appearing in the Lenasia Magistrate's Court on Thursday on two counts of murder, eight counts of attempted murder, one count of possession of firearm without a licence, and one count of possession of ammunition without a licence. 

The men, along with eight others, had allegedly shot randomly at more than 100 people who were gathered at a funeral night vigil, killing two people and injured eight, last Friday night said Kekana.  

"They all came in a group and then started shooting randomly [at the mourners]," he said.  

He said the gathering was for a funeral on Saturday of a Lesotho national who was shot dead in Welkom during zama-zama operations on February 23. 

The funeral was delayed because of threats that Kekana said were not initially reported to the police.

"He couldn’t be buried as early as it was planned, because there were threats, that were not reported to the police, during the week of the funeral," said Kekana. 

Because of the threats, Kekana said the night vigil was held at a friend’s house. 

The funeral did proceed the next day with the assistance of the police who escorted mourners to the graveyard.  

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