17 April 2018

South Africa: Man Arrested With Help of Community

press release

A 25-year-old man was arrested at Tutor Ndamase robots near Ngangelizwe today, 16 April 2018 at about 12h30.

It is alleged that the suspect approached a group of boys who were playing next to the road at Bhongweni locality and started stabbing and killing a 7 year boy. It is further alleged that the deceased neighbour raised alarm to the community who chased the suspect who fled into a nearby forest and when seeing that he was cornered he fled to town but was arrested by police who were assisting the community before he could enter the town.

The deceased who sustained upper body injuries died instantly and the knife that was used during the commission of crime was confiscated.

"This is a good message to all the communities that in joining hands in the fight against crime, all those behind terrorising our communities do not have space amongst us instead they belong to the dark cells. I thank all those that assisted us in arresting the suspect. Together we can do more," said Brigadier Nomawethu Makonza in thanking Bhongweni community.

The suspect will appear before Mthatha Magistrate Court tomorrow the 17 April 2018 facing charges of murder

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