Two arrested within an hour of fatal Eastern Cape shooting

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A man was killed in a shooting in the Bethelsdorp policing area. (Photo by Gallo Images/Sharon Seretlo)
A man was killed in a shooting in the Bethelsdorp policing area. (Photo by Gallo Images/Sharon Seretlo)
  • A 22-year-old man was shot dead and another wounded near Gqeberha.
  • Two people were arrested in connection with the shooting on Sunday.
  • A suspected stolen vehicle was recovered during the arrests.

Two people were arrested within an hour of a fatal shooting near Gqeberha on Sunday.

A man was killed and another wounded in the shooting, which took place in the Bethelsdorp policing area, said police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"Anti-Gang Unit members in Gqeberha arrested two suspects within an hour after the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man and the injury to another which took place on Sunday in the Vastrap informal settlement," said Naidu. The shooting took place at around 10:30.

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Menalik Maleba, 22, and his friend, 18, were in his house when someone entered and shot them.

Maleba sustained a fatal wound to the side of the head while his friend, who managed to escape, sustained a gunshot wound to the face. He was taken to hospital by private transport, said Naidu.

"It is further alleged that after the shooting the suspect drove away with Maleba's vehicle, a VW Polo Classic. [The details of] the vehicle was immediately circulated, and within the hour Anti-Gang Unit members spotted the vehicle driving in Booysens Park Drive. Two of the three occupants in the vehicle were arrested and detained," said Naidu.

The suspects, aged 24 and 29, have been charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of suspected stolen property. The vehicle was confiscated for further investigation.

The two are expected to appear in the Gqeberha Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

While acting Nelson Mandela Bay district commissioner Brigadier Thandiswa Kupiso welcomed the speedy arrests by Anti-Gang Unit members, she appealed to communities to work with police and not harbour criminals.

"In order to establish good governance, there must be cooperation between the SAPS and the community. We cannot allow criminals to disrupt peaceful neighbourhoods. Therefore, community partnerships are important to ensure that criminals such as these are stopped and are behind bars," said Kupiso.

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