Two arrested in connection with Babita Deokaran murder have been released

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
  • The Hawks have confirmed two people arrested in connection with the murder of whistleblower Babita Deokaran have been released. 
  • On Thursday, Police Minister Police Minister Bheki Cele announced two more suspects were arrested.
  • Deokaran was gunned down outside her home last week.

The Hawks have confirmed the two people arrested and taken in for questioning in connection with the murder of Babita Deokaran have been released. 

Hawks spokesperson Colonel Philani Nkwalase said the police acted on information received about the duo and detained them. 

"However at this stage, they could not be immediately linked to the murder and was subsequently released pending further investigation," he added.

"The firearm and the money found in their possession were accounted for. The investigation into the murder continues and more arrests are envisaged in the ongoing investigation."

READ | Babita Deokaran: Cops looking at 'senior ANC figure' as possible assassination mastermind

On Thursday, Police Minister Bheki Cele announced two more suspects were arrested in connection with Deokaran's murder.

The acting chief financial officer of the Gauteng health department was gunned down outside her home last week.

During a visit to KwaZulu-Natal, Cele told journalists the two suspects were found with large sums of cash and an unlicenced firearm - two cars were also seized.

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

Last week, six of the seven suspects, who were charged with Deokaran's murder, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

They are expected to make a formal bail application on 13 September. 

Deokaran was assisting the Special Investigating Unit in its investigation into multimillion-rand personal protective equipment tender corruption at the health department.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
President Ramaphosa has punted the idea of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for South Africans. This is:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
The right thing to do. We desperately need more South Africans vaccinated to prevent further mutations and restore normality in our lives.
70% - 12785 votes
A risky strategy. Compulsory vaccinations may have unintended consequences and damage our rollout campaign.
30% - 5434 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
15.73
-0.1%
Rand - Pound
20.77
-0.2%
Rand - Euro
17.83
-0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.28
-0.2%
Rand - Yen
0.14
-0.2%
Gold
1,785.84
+0.2%
Silver
22.44
+0.1%
Palladium
1,870.52
+0.7%
Platinum
960.50
-0.1%
Brent Crude
75.82
+0.5%
Top 40
65,993
0.0%
All Share
72,404
0.0%
Resource 10
68,624
0.0%
Industrial 25
95,800
0.0%
Financial 15
14,289
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE