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Suspect in murder of Elliotdale woman on Christmas Day arrested

Dec 27, 2018
Suspect in murder of Elliotdale woman on Christmas Day arrested

Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner,  Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga, has welcomed the swift arrest of a 25-year-old male suspect on Wednesday, at about 19:00, at Elliotdale, for the murder of an 18-year-old woman on Christmas Day.

"Yesterday this office reported on the gruesome murder of an 18-year-old woman believed to be related to the suspect," said Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, the Provincial Commissioner’s Spokesperson.

"After an exhaustive and integrated search by the Police and members of the community, the suspect was found nearby one of the villages where he was hiding."

Lt Gen Ntshinga applauded the members of the community, who apprehended the suspect and handed him to the police.

“The gravity and sensitive nature of this particular crime, necessitated that my office activate a 72 hour approach in order to ensure that there is limited or no time left for the suspect to be on the run,” she remarked.

Suspect apprehend by Elliotdale residents

She expressed the unwavering gratitude to the community of Elliotdale who sacrificed their time and united behind the call by police the family and relatives of the deceased person.

“The criminals out there must realise that when it comes to crimes inflicted against women and children. My office has a standing order to 'Hunt and Arrest without any mercy',” General Ntshinga concluded.

The 25-year-old suspect is expected to appear in the Elliotdale Magistrate Court tomorrow on Friday on a charge of Murder.

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