Police murder – Man arrested and firearm recovered

The Mpumalanga Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit assisted by the Nelspruit Tactical Response Team (TRT) have arrested a 31-year-old suspect for alleged murder and possession on an unlicensed firearm.

The suspect was found at his hiding place at Mhluzi (Middelburg) in the early hours of Saturday. The suspect will be charged and will appear at the Calcutta Magistrate Court on Monday, facing charges of murder, armed robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

The arrest follows the double murder of Sergeant Thembisile Ndlovu (40) and her husband Jabulani Khoza (44) on 01 December last year in Bushbuckridge. The couple were awaken by a disruption inside the house and upon inspection they were fired upon by three suspects. The late Detective Sergeant Ndlovu from Calcutta SAPS retaliated and fatally wounded one suspect.

However the other armed two suspects continued firing and sadly both Ndlovu and Khoza succumbed to injuries from the shooting. The suspects fled the scene with the family's vehicle which was later found abandoned within the Bushbuckridge area.

Members of the Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit immediately took over the investigation and explored numerous linkages which led to the arrest of the suspect and the recovery of the firearm over the weekend. The search for the third suspect is ongoing.

The National Head of the Hawks Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has commended the investigating team for the apprehension of the alleged perpetrator and similarly he is confident that the third suspect will be arrested soon.

Source: South African Police Service

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