Babita Deokaran murder: 2 more people, found in possession of large sums of cash, arrested

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There have been more arrests in connection with the murder of Babita Deokaran.
There have been more arrests in connection with the murder of Babita Deokaran.
Kayleen Morgan, News24
  • Two more people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Gauteng senior health official Babita Deokaran.
  • Police Minister Bheki Cele said the two were found with "a lot of cash in their cars".
  • The money was suspected to be payment for a hit on Deokaran.

Two more people were arrested in connection with the murder of Gauteng senior health official Babita Deokaran.

They were found in possession of a large sum of money.

This was revealed by Police Minister Bheki Cele during a visit to KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.

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He said:

Interestingly, it looks like they have been arrested with a lot of cash in their cars. The story was that it was an expensive exercise, people were getting a lot of money each to pull the mission of killing Babita.

Cele added the two had also been found in possession of two cars and a firearm.

He said hoped, with the discovery of the money, the two individuals would be able to reveal where it came from.

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The capture of the two brings the number of arrested people to eight, after six of them appeared in court for Deokaran's murder on Monday.

Deokaran, a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) witness, was gunned down outside her home last Monday.

The SIU investigation relates to the more than R300 million personal protective equipment tender fraud scandal at the Gauteng health department. 

Gauteng Premier David Makhura welcomed the latest arrests.

"Whilst the arrests bring hope, it is only a successful criminal prosecution and conviction of perpetrators of this gruesome and evil deed that justice will be served.

"We are confident that our criminal justice system will ensure that there is swift justice for Babita Deokaran, our departed exemplary and outstanding public servant," Makhura said.

He reiterated the provincial government and SIU remained resolute in weeding out corruption. 

"We will not be distracted from our efforts to crack down on corruption in the province by those who give orders to kill whistleblowers so that they can continue to loot state resources."  

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