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Four expected in court for murder of JBay taxi owner and his driver

MARCH 17, 2017
Four expected in court for murder of JBay taxi owner and his driver

Four suspects, aged between 17 and 39 years old, are expected in the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday, after they were arrested in connection with the murder of a Jeffreys Bay taxi owner, who was also the South African Communist Party (SACP) leader for the Kouga region, and his driver last weekend.

"Detectives from the South African Police Service in Jeffreys Bay worked relentlessly in order to apprehend the suspects involved in the double-murder case of 51-year-old, Mthobeli Matyumza and 32-year-old, Sivuyile Ntontole," said police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart. 

"The breakthrough came when detectives arrested two suspects in the early hours of Thursday morning, at 04:00, in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth. 

"Further investigations led the team to an address in Jeffreys Bay in the early hours of Friday morning, at 04:00, where two more suspects stayed and they were also arrested.

"No firearms were recovered as yet, but police are following up on all possible leads and investigations are continuing." 

The Matyumza and Ntontole were gunned down on Sunday, 12 March 2017, at about 18:15, inside a house in John Dube Street, Mandela Area, in Jeffreys Bay, allegedly by three men, who stormed into the house. 

"It is further alleged that the three men then fled without taking anything from the house. 

"The motive for the murders are still not known but under investigation," said Captain Swart.

Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brigadier John le Bok praised the detectives involved for their determination and commitment in solving this heinous crime.

Brigadier le Bok also said: “that members of the South African Police Service in Humansdorp will remain focused and steadfast in their mission to fight crime effectively in their area and to bring culprits to book for the crimes they have committed.”