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10 expected in Libode court for killing four alleged stock thieves

Aug 4, 2017
10 expected in Libode court for killing four alleged stock thieves

Ten suspects, aged between 20 and 47 years old, were arrested on Wednesday at Mphangana locality, Libode, following the killing of four men, aged between 33 and 55 years old, for alleged stock theft on 31 July 2017, said police spokesperson, Lt Col Mzukisi Fatyela.

Their four victims' bodies were found dumped at a nearby forest on Monday, with stab and gunshot wounds.

"The suspects will appear in the Libode Magistrates’ Court on Friday, facing charges of kidnapping and murder," he added.

In another incident, the  a 29-year-old man, Mziyanda Ketani, was arrested and appeared in the Fort Beaufort Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

He has been remanded in custody until 7 August 2017.

"His arrest follows after the cold blooded murder of Raymond Mhlaba, Municipal Council Speaker, Thozama Njoba on 17 July 2017. The investigation continues and more arrests are eminent," said Lt Col Fatyela.

Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, commended the two detective teams for securing the speedy arrest of the alleged perpetrators.

“Lawlessness will not be tolerated and those involved in crime must rightfully fear us because we will bring them to book. I must remind people again that, taking the law into their own hands is a criminal offence.

"They will be arrested, no matter how they try and justify their actions. Community members who have information on crime or the whereabouts of suspects, must contact their local police and inform them of their suspicions, there is no other option,” she said.