Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing of two policemen who worked at the Mareetsane station in the North West. On Wednesday, the burnt bodies believed to be that of the officers – were found at the back of the state vehicle they used. The two went missing on Monday evening.
The crime scene is concealed in the deep in a bush near the farming area of Mosita. There’s a 36 kilometre distance between, Mosita where the Hawks arrested the five suspects, and Logageng, where the crime scene played off. All that was left at the scene were charred parts of the state vehicle – and the marks made by police when they removed the van for further investigation.
“We can confirm that five suspects have been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of two police officers who were stationed at Mareetsane police station,” says Hawks spokesperson, Tlangelani.
DNA tests will be done to determine if the two burned bodies are those of Sergeant Mojalefa Molete and Constable Simon Ntsekeletsa. Ntsekeletsa’s relatives, who hail from Sannieshof, say they want justice.
“We are very devastated by what happened especially that he was still young and is a newly-wed and has two children. We are very hurt and there is nothing that we can do now but just to allow justice to take its course,” says family spokesperson, Boitumelo Morwe.
Provincial spokesperson for the South African Police Union (SAPU), Itumeleng Maimane, bemoaned the brutal manner in which their members were killed.
“Men and women in blue please be vigilant and always take care of you. Your safety comes first. We want to make an appeal to members of the community to protect our protectors. We as the SA union we condemn this brutal killing of our police officers. Men and women in blue are human beings as well,” says Maimane.
The five suspects are expected to appear in the Ganyesa Magistrates Court on Friday on charges of murder, malicious damage to property and the theft of a firearm.
Burnt bodies found in a police vehicle: