Murder Of Bloemfontein Tavern Owner: Help Hawks To Bust These 4 Murder Suspects


South Africa’s investigative body, the Hawks is appealing to South Africans to help in tracking down four people allegedly linked to the killing of a Bloemfontein tavern owner in 2016.

The Free State Hawks spokesperson Captain S’fiso Nyakane said in a statement that they are in search of two women and two men who are connected to the death of the Bloemfontein tavern owner Alfred “Chencha” Helepi.

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According to him, the four- Lira Morienyane, 39, Ntabiseng Lempe, 34, Alice Majake, 28, and Andile Gxamza, 33, allegedly masterminded the killing of the  70-year-old “Chencha” Helepi, from Phahameng in Bloemfontein, in March 2016.

The Bloemfontein tavern owner died after he was shot three times and his killers fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and his car, which they later abandoned in a nearby bush.

Majake was one of Helepi’s employees while the three other are yet to be identified.

The case was handed to the Hawks

The Hawks were handed the case as it involved organised crime. The four were arrested but the but the Bloemfontein Regional Court struck their case off the roll in May, because the gun had not been found.

The case was later reinstated following a meeting with prosecutors and the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein issued a warrant of arrest in November.

Morienyane, Lempe and Majake are Lesotho nationals, and Gxamza a South African from Port Elizabeth.

Police appealed to anyone with information about their whereabouts to contact Captain Babani Skota on 079 509 4998 or Warrant Officer Motlhoua Motshweneng on 082 372 0093.

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While the search for these accused murderers goes on, a latest report has it that two Nigerians were shot dead in in the Western Cape Province.

According to report from the Nigeria Union in South Africa, the two – Mr Ernest Ughakwesili, 42 and Chimezie Oranusi, 26,- both from the eastern Nigeria were shot dead by unidentified assailants.

The 42-year-old was in a night club by gunmen at Strand Area of Cape Town on Sunday. While the 26-year-old was shot with a friend in a car at Delst area of Cape Town.

“The friend is a South African and is still in the hospital receiving treatment.The incidents have been reported to the police and the national secretariat of the union,” says Mike Ibitoye, the Chairman of the Union`s chapter in the province