Police arrest suspects linked to 4 murders, attempted murders at Johannesburg dumping site

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  • The Johannesburg Metro Police Department and detectives arrested five men in connection with a deadly shooting.
  • Two groups had squared off, leaving four dead and as many others injured.
  • The suspects will appear in court soon.

Police have arrested five suspects in connection with a deadly shooting at a dumping site in Johannesburg.

In the early hours of Tuesday, detectives in conjunction with the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), arrested the suspects between 20 and 43 years old.

The arrests followed a deadly shooting on the corner of Albert and Berea streets, last month.

Police arrested five most wanted Lesotho nationals
Police arrested five most wanted men.

According to Gauteng police spokesperson, Captain Xoli Mbele, some of the suspects could be linked to several murders and attempted murders that took place at the Rosettenville and Fennel dumping site on 3 March.

"There was a fight between two groups over who could occupy and work at the Fennel dumping site. The work they do is to collect items from the dumping site so that they can sell it and make money for a living.

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"The fight resulted in eight people being shot, where four sustained injuries and the other four were killed on the scene," said Mbele.

Mbele said officials received a tip-off from the community about the whereabouts of the wanted suspects.

According to Gauteng police spokesperson Captain X
Evidence gathered by authorities.

"The suspects were located and arrested. Two unlicensed firearms and ammunition were recovered during the operation," said Mbele.

Mbele said the firearms would be sent for ballistic testing to check if they were used in the commission of serious and violent crimes. 

The suspects are due appear at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court soon. 


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