Eight Arrested For Burning Suspected Drug Dealers To Death Inside A House
On Monday, eight men arrested in connection with the death by burning of three men in Morokweng, North West, are scheduled to appear in court.
They are scheduled to appear in Ganyesa Magistrate’s Court on three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping, and one count of arson.
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They were nabbed on Friday as part of a crime-intelligence-driven operation carried out by a multidisciplinary team comprised of Tactical Response Team (TRT), Public Order Police (POP), and detectives.
“It was reported on Tuesday, May 24, that some members of the community went to a rented house at Ga-Mokgopha Section, where Bonakele Sabasaba, 32, Khayalethu Sabasaba, 22, and Zanaflex Sabasaba, 26, who are all South Africans from Carletonville in Gauteng, lived.
“The group allegedly pelted the house with stones to force out the trio. In the process of escaping the attack, the victims allegedly stabbed and injured some of the attackers. The group then chased and caught the men who were accused of dealing in drugs.
“The men were then taken back to the house which was eventually set alight. Sadly, the victims burnt and died in the house,” said North West police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone.
During the arrest, the police were able to seize a vehicle that had allegedly been used in the commission of the crimes. Brigadier Mokgwabone stated that the investigation is still ongoing.
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Over the weekend, police in Gauteng said they apprehended more than 550 people who were on the run after committing serious and violent crimes such as murder, armed robbery, rape, fraud, and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, housebreaking, and theft.
“These suspects were arrested during the first phase of the operation, where the detectives were tracing wanted suspects,” said Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Mavela Masondo.
“The second phase of Operation O Kae Molao is where integrated law enforcement agencies conducted a roadblock to ensure that there were no illegal goods and substances transported by the road users and to search for stolen and hijacked vehicles.
“During the roadblock in Protea, Soweto, 12 people were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, three cars that were suspected to be stolen/hijacked/used in the commission of crime were seized and 18 undocumented foreign nationals were taken in to be processed by officials from the Department of Home Affairs. More than 270 other people were arrested for various crimes in the Johannesburg district over the weekend.”
There were 490 arrests in Tshwane, with 426 in Ekurhuleni District, 168 in West Rand District, and 87 in Sedibeng District.
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