Gauteng police are still searching for four more suspects in connection with the murder of a community patroller and two other people in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.
Fifty-two -year old, Thulani Zuma, was on patrol with other community members when they were ambushed by gunmen at Far East Bank last Friday night, just after the township was plunged into darkness as a result of Eskom’s scheduled load shedding.
Three other patrollers were injured and are recovering in hospital.
Police Spokesperson Dimakatso Nivhuhulwi says they arrested two suspects and they are still searching for more.
Nivhuhulwi says, “Two men aged 27 and 28 years old were arrested on Saturday evening, following a shooting incident that claimed the lives of three people including a patroller in Alexandra. Both suspects appeared before court. They were remanded in custody until 21 August 2023 for formal bail application. Police investigation and the tracing of four suspects alleged to be involved in the shooting incident continue.”
Meanwhile, Zuma’s family is calling for swift police action and justice.
Zuma’s memorial service was yesterday. His daughter Thuli Zuma wants justice.
“This is still a shock to us as a family. The way my dad died. He died in tragic way. But all we need going forward is justice. They cannot get away.”
Zuma’s neighbour, MamaG Langfit, says crime in Alex has spiralled, adding that Zuma, who was a father of seven, deserves honour for dying with his boots on while fighting crime in the area.
“The community was trying to help the police as we know they are not doing enough. So, men, boys and husbands took it upon themselves to help fight this crime as we are losing our relatives. And that is when we had this incident. It is hurting (hurtful) and painful. We lost a family man. He leaves behind his children and wife. It is hurting so much, ka’khulu (a lot).”
One of the injured patrollers, 59-year-old Paulos Mzimela, is recovering at Edenvale Hospital.
He still has a bullet lodged in his body.
“This thing I do not how is it going to stop if the government does not make a plan. But all I could say, I will not stop to protect the community. Right now I have a bullet stuck in my body. But they are going to remove it tomorrow,” says Mzimela.
He adds that his only concern now is his family, who might be in danger.
VIDEO: Alex patroller on narrow escape following ambush, shooting: