The South African Police Service (SAPS) said six cases of murder have been opened after six bodies were discovered in an open veld near a railway line in Benomi.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that it was a passer-by that called the police after he came across the bodies at about 9:00 on Sunday, 5th March 2017.
Arriving the scene, police discovered that all bodies have gunshot wounds on the upper body.
“It is suspected that the deceased were killed elsewhere and taken to where they were found as they were put in a pattern.
“It is also suspected that the deceased are illegal miners. The motive for the killings is still unknown and the bodies are not yet identified,” SAPS stated.
A similar incident happened in Kwazulu-Natal where SAPS members from Durban Search and Rescue Unit were called to Beachway road in Durban North after a skeleton was found while contractors were excavating foundations for an extension to a house.
According to SAPS, a Pathologist from KZN MLM advised a controlled excavation to protect the remains for an autopsy and identification at the mortuary.
Thus, SAPS members carried out a careful excavation. They recovered all the skeleton remains and handed them to Gale mortuary.
Meanwhile, the Police in Giyani arrested a 26-year-old man for the attack and killing of a Police Officer in the early hours of this morning .
Specifying that the incident happened at about 03:00 this morning, SAPS divulged that an unknown number of suspects entered local shop at Makhuvha Village outside Giyani and robbed the owners of an amount of cash and groceries at gun point.
The police was notified about the robbery. They reacted swiftly but on arrival, they found that the suspects have fled the scene.
Immediately, the crime fighters initiated a follow-up chase. Soon, they found a suspicious looking vehicle along the road leading to Phalaborwa. When they intercepted the vehicle, a shootout ensued. In the process, one of the police officer was fatally wounded.
Also, the police shot and wounded one of the suspects who is currently under police guard in hospital.
“It is also believed that one or more suspects might have been wounded during the shooting. A manhunt has been launched for the possible wounded suspect(s) who abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.
The police recovered the following:
Two (2) firearms
One vehicle; a Toyota Quantum
Three (3) cell phones,” SAPS stated.
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Soon, the arrested suspect will be dragged to Giyani Magistrate’s Court. There, he will face charges of Murder and Armed robbery.
Commenting, SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba frowned at killing of the police officer.
General Ledwaba sent condolences to the bereaved family and vowed that the police wouldn’t rest until all the outstanding perpetrators are punished.