Six arrested over murder of footballer


Six suspects suspected of the murder of Luke Fleurs, the popular 24-year-old defender of Kaizer Chiefs, were arrested on Monday.

RNews reported earlier that the footballer was with a red Volkswagen Golf 8 GTi at a gas station near the corner of 14th Avenue and Hendrik Potgieterweg in Roodepoort when two armed men attacked him.

They threatened Fleurs with a firearm and forced him out of his vehicle, after which they shot him once in the upper body. Fleurs was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Lt. Col. Mavela Masondo, police spokesperson, says the Gauteng police chief, Lt. Gen. Tommy Mthombeni immediately assembled a team to track down and arrest the suspects.

“The six suspects were tracked down and arrested early Wednesday morning in Slovoville, Soweto. Fleur’s hijacked vehicle was already found on Monday.

“The police believe the suspects are part of a syndicate responsible for vehicle hijackings in Gauteng, and the search for more suspects continues,” says Masondo.

The team is led by maj. Mbuso Khumalo, the Gauteng deputy provincial police chief for crime detection. The team consists of members of a tracking group, the police’s provincial investigation unit, national crime intelligence, the police’s drone unit, Honeydew detectives, Honeydew crime intelligence and CAP Special Operations.

“Fidelity’s specialized unit also worked tirelessly to ensure that the suspects were arrested and brought to justice.”

The suspects are expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Friday.