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Eastern Cape police arrest four for brutal murder of elderly Tsomo women

Sep 14, 2017
Eastern Cape police arrest four for brutal murder of elderly Tsomo women

An Eastern Cape police task team that was set up following the senseless murder of two elderly women in Tsomo on the night of the 22nd of August made a breakthrough and arrested four suspects in Cofimvaba and Tsomo respectively.

Th two elderly women, aged 65 and 67 years old, were allegedly shot and killed at Mdeni Locality by two unknown men posing as police officials from Pretoria.

"The suspects requested the first victim to accompany them to a nearby homestead," police spokesperson, Brigadier Marinda Mills, said then.

"On their arrival at this homestead, both victims were shot."

Police were also investigating the motive for the shootings.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Namhla Mdleleni, the Task Team worked around the clock combing for clues and following leads.

"Their concerted efforts led to the arrest of four suspects, aged between 25 and 56 years, around Cofimvaba and Tsomo on Wednesday." 

She said that all the suspects made a brief court appearance at the Tsomo Magistrate Court on Wednesday.

"They were denied bail and will appear in court again for formal bail application on 20 September 2017."

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, commended the Task Team for the arrest.

“The Task Team worked tirelessly following up information which led to the arrest of the suspects. This is meeting the organisational objections of the SAPS and the expectations of the communities we serve and will also send a strong message to criminals that we mean business and that we will bring to book those who choose to attack innocent victims in their homes,” said Lt General Ntshinga.