- The husband of an SANDF official who was found dead in Tonga has been arrested.
- Nondumiso Nicollin Mabila died from stab wounds after being attacked while on her way to work.
- The two co-accused are expected to apply for bail next week.
The husband of a SA National Defence Force (SANDF) official killed in Tonga near Komatipoort last week, is one of two suspects arrested and charged for her murder.
Nondumiso Nicollin Mabila, died from stab wounds after being attacked while on her way to work, police in Mpumalanga said. She was found dressed in her full uniform.
Ndumiso Mabila, 31, appeared alongside Thabo Mambane, 21, in the Nkomazi Magistrate's Court for the murder on 9 September.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said in a statement the pair were arrested shortly after the killing.
"The two suspects, Ndumiso Mabila, aged 31, and Thabo Mambane, aged 21, were remanded in custody during their court appearance and will appear again before the same court for a formal bail application on 27 September 2021," Mohlala added.
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Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe, last week condemned the murder in the strongest terms, urging police to leave no stone unturned in the case or any of the recent attacks on police officials.
Shongwe called on communities to assist the police in bringing perpetrators to book.
"Perpetrators of such horrendous acts must be given maximum permissible sentences because members of the security cluster protect our communities against the very same criminals. Therefore, such individuals do not have a place in our society," the MEC said.
Mpumalanga police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Manamela, praised officials for the swift arrests of suspects linked to gender-based violence cases.
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