Four suspects to appear in court for Soshanguve shooting

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The four suspects arrested in connection with the New Year’s Day shooting in Jukulyn, Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, are expected to appear in court today.

The victims of the incident were identified as 14-year-old Vuyolwethu Ziwela, her uncle Mpho Kgobotlo, a police officer, and Kgobotlo’s friends Phomolang Molakapatlo and Thando Dlamini. The four were fatally shot by armed men travelling in two separate vehicles.

According to eyewitnesses, the attackers targeted a group of individuals sitting inside a car outside Ziwela’s residence in Soshanguve Block P.

Hawks spokesperson Thandi Mbambo says, “The suspects, three males and one female, were arrested on the night of January 6, 2024, in various areas around Pretoria, which brings the total number of arrested suspects to six.”

Mbambo added: “Three firearms, including an AK-47 and two pistols, were confiscated. The suspects will face charges of murder and possession of unlicenced firearms when they appear at the Soshanguve Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday (today), January 9, 2024. The two previously arrested suspects, Sipho Kgomo and Tshepo Mosemeni, are scheduled to appear in court again on January 12, 2024.”

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