Two suspects linked to the Chicken Farm deadly capturing have been arrested in Soweto, whereas the third suspect was shot useless after he pointed a firearm on the police.
According to Brigadier Brenda Muridili, the suspects have been arrested on Thursday after police adopted up on details about suspects in possession of firearms in Dlamini and Chiawelo, Soweto.
“On arrival, the members surrounded the house and on entering, one of the members was pointed with a firearm by a suspect but acted swiftly and shot at the said suspect. Two more suspects were placed under arrest and two firearms and ammunition were seized by the police,” mentioned Muridili.
Preliminary investigation has linked the arrested suspects to the capturing incident that occurred on Monday in Chicken Farm casual settlement the place six individuals have been shot.
Thirty-four-year previous Kgomotso Diale handed away on the scene whereas 5 others have been taken to hospital. Three of the victims have since been discharged whereas two stay in hospital
The nationality of the suspects is but to be decided as they didn’t have any proof of identification. They will probably be charged with homicide, tried homicide and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The firearms seized will probably be taken to the Forensic Science Laboratory for ballistic assessments to determine if they aren’t linked to different crimes.
The incident occurred when members of Operation Dudula and residents of Pimville have been allegedly marching in opposition to the problem of electrical energy cable theft within the casual settlement in Kliptown.
During the march, an altercation between ensued between the marchers and an unknown group, resulting in photographs being fired at about 16:30.
The Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, has recommended the arrest of the suspects.
“The extra forces that we have deployed here in Kliptown to enhance police visibility and maintain peace in the area have been working around the clock following up on any information received until they arrived at this house. Police officers are trained to act swiftly, especially when their lives are threatened. I am glad that none of the K9 Unit members were injured during the arrest,” mentioned Mawela.
Additional reporting by Lethabo Malatsi