At last, one of South Africa’s most-wanted serial killer Joshua Bomba Shongwane has been nabbed by the Hawks after a successful manhunt.
In October, Shongwane fled from the Tembisa Magistrate’s court in Ekurhuleni after he overpowered, shot and killed a police captain Malesela Alfred Lamola while they were making their way up the court stairs. The police captain died on the scene after he succumbed to the multiple gunshot wounds.
The police captain died on the scene after he succumbed to the multiple gunshot wounds.
The suspect, who has been a pain in the neck, was making an appearance for charges of robbery, which he committed when he was out on bail for another murder charge.
It took the tireless efforts of members of the Hawks’ Tactical Operation Management Section and the National Investigation Unit to arrest the serial killer this time.
Shongwane was arrested at his hiding spot in Eerstruste‚ Pretoria. Also found in his possession was an Audi A1‚ which was found to have been hijacked in KwaThema‚ Springs in September this year.
Speaking to reporters, Hawks head Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza warned killers and armed robbers hiding in the country to either turn a new leaf or be ready to face the wrath of the law when caught.
“No one kills a police officer and enjoys peace of mind. People who threaten the security of our state by killing police officers will be hunted down and we will ensure that they face the full wrath of the law,” he added.
Joshua Bomba Shongwane will now face charges of murder‚ hijacking‚ escaping from custody‚ possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of a hijacked motor vehicle, when he appears in the Tembisa Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The suspect is allegedly behind nine hijackings committed in Tembisa, Rabie Ridge and Kagiso in 2012.