Suspects in Motherwell cop killing expected again in court in January

DECEMBER 2, 2015

Three suspects arrested by Port Elizabeth police in connection with the brutal killing of an off-duty Motherwell policewoman, Constable Nomathamsanqa Ivy Tsitsi, early in November are now expected to appear before the Motherwell Magistrate’s Court again on the 12th of January 2016.

Meanwhile police on Wednesday morning announced the arrest of a fourth suspect in the murder case on Tuesday at Kwazakele Township in Port Elizabeth. The suspect is expected to appear in the Motherwell Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

The three suspects, Msindisi Bhebhula, Thembani Rorwana and Ndiphe Soqokomashe, were all arrested in the city between Friday and Sunday and were remanded in custody by the court on Monday. 

Constable Tsitsi, 36, was brutally gunned down as she arrived at her home in Mcelu Street, NU8, Motherwell after working night shift when an unknown male approached her and fired several shots towards her vehicle, a black Citroen, on 12 November. 

She sustained injuries to the upper body and passed away on the scene.

“It is in indeed a sad day for the Police in the Province when we report the killing of yet another police official. It is with unmeasurable sadness that we express our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Constable Nomathamsanqa Ivy Tsitsi.

"We condemn the killing in the strongest possible way and will zealously bring to book those, who never think twice when shooting and murdering police officials. We will also provide all the necessary support to our slain colleague’s family to help them through this very testing time,” said the Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Celiwe Binta said then.

Constable Tsitsi joined the SA Police Service on 10 January 2005 and was stationed at Zwide SAPS as a shift worker.

“We also make call on our courageous men and women in blue to please observe safety measures at all time to protect themselves when carrying out their duties and to be alert against attacks whether on or off duty,” concluded Lt General Binta.

 

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