Community help police solve murder, kidnapping

TONGA – The relationship between the community and police is important. This was illustrated when a pastor handed a murder suspect over to the police on Monday morning.

The 27-year-old allegedly hacked a 32-year-old man to death in Mangweni at 07:00 on Sunday. When the police arrived on the scene the victim was certified dead by paramedics and the perpetrator had fled.

The pastor heard that a community member he knew was a suspect, managed to find him and then handed the suspect over to the police.

A case of murder was opened and police hope investigations will reveal the motive behind the killing.

The suspect appeared in the Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court on Monday and the case was postponed to Tuesday for a formal bail application. The suspect is still in police custody.

Tonga Station Commander Brig Velisile Mdaka said she was pleased that the good relationship built between various sectors of the community has yielded positive results, and that strengthened relations between the police and the public can help win the fight against crime.

A suspect in kidnapping, assault and rape cases also appeared in the local court on Monday.

The 44-year-old handed himself over to Tonga police on Monday morning, after he allegedly kidnapped a 22-year-old who he thought was having an affair with his 33-year-old wife.

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The victim was allegedly invited to the family’s home and then taken to a bush between Mangweni and Steenbok by the suspect and his wife.

According to the victim, he was guarded while he was kept in the bush and raped by his guard during this time. The guard disappeared and the victim managed to escape and report the case to the police.

The 33-year-old woman was arrested on October 23 in connection with the crime and appeared in the Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court the following day. She was released on R500 bail and is set to appear in court on November 17.

After her husband handed himself over to the police, he was also charged and appeared in court. He was also granted R500 bail and will appear in court on the same day as his wife.

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Police are currently trying to locate the third suspect (the guard). Anyone with information regarding the incident or suspect can contact Det Sgt Shadrack Magagula on 076-063-1798.

Tonga SAPS are also trying to locate suspects who stole speakers from a church in Naas on October 22.

The complainant alleges that she left the church at about 14:00, after the Sunday service, with everything intact.

Upon visiting the church two days later, the door’s lock was broken and two speakers were missing.

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A case of burglary was opened and anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects can contact Col Alex Mahlahlani on 082-318-9865.

Retha Nel

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