ECape cop killers expected in Cradock Magistrates Court on Wednesday

JUNE 22, 2016

Four men, who are suspected to have been involved in the killing of a police officer in Cala on Friday evening, are expected in the Cradock Magistrates Court on Wednesday after being remanded in custody on Monday. The four face charges of armed robbery and murder.

"Constable Joshua Gungqa was shot killed on Friday, 17 June 2016 when a group of about seven armed men stormed into Spar in Cala," decribed police spokesperson, Captain Anelisa Feni.

"While they wrestled with Gungqa in an attempt to disarm him, the off duty police officer was shot and fatally wounded. One alleged suspect was also  shot killed at the scene.

"The suspects then allegedly took an undisclosed amount from one of the tills and then fled the scene with the deceased constable’s firearm."

On Saturday, an intelligence driven operation was conducted by members of the Hawks in conjunction with the Queenstown Public Order Policing (POP) and the Cradock K9 units. Members then obtained information concerning the location of Gungqa’s service pistol.

"A roadblock was subsequently set and resulted in the arrest of Masithembele Mbali (37), Xolisile Maawu (31), Simphiwe Mkheselele (32) and Cingile Jamda (32). Two 9 millimetre pistols were found in their possession," said Captain Feni.

"The fifth suspect, a 42-year-old man, was arrested between 01:00 and 02:00 on Monday morning by the members of the Ngcobo and Cala police stations in conjunction with the Queenstown Public Order Policing members.

"The suspect led the police to the spot where he and his accomplices abandoned their gateway vehicle which they used during the robbery."

A Nissan Hardbody was found burnt and dumped into the Tsomo River. The man also led the police to another site where they dumped a body of a 36 year-old man, whom they had also killed.

He will join his co-accused in the Cala Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.