- A MEC in Mbombela, Mpumalanga has been arrested for his involvement in a shooting that led to the deaths of two people
- The identity of the MEC cannot be made public until he makes a court appearance, which is scheduled for Monday, 11 October
- Two others were also arrested in connection to the killings and they have already received bail of R20 000 each
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MBOMBELA - The South African Police Services has confirmed that an MEC from Mpumalanga has handed himself over and is currently facing charges related to murder and attempted murder.
The accused MEC handed himself over at Mbombela Police Station and was alongside his lawyer who accompanied him. He faces two charges of murder and one attempted murder charge.
Vishnu Naidoo, SAPS national spokesperson, says the MEC was arrested in connection to a shooting that took place on 22 August in Mbombela. Two people are said to have been killed in the incident and another person was wounded, according to News24.
He was arrested with two other people for their involvement in the shooting. The two arrested are named Joseph Charlie Ngwenya and Tshepo Matsane and are both out on bail of R20 000.
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Police on the hunt for suspected cop killers following the death of a 58-year-old officer
The suspects fled the scene of an alleged robbery after 58-year-old Tshitereke Masuvhelele was shot and killed on Friday night. The suspects allegedly made off with an unknown amount of cash as well as a cellphone belonging to the slain officer, according to the SABC.
News24 reported that Masuvhelele was a member of the Crime Intelligence Unit. The robbery took place at his family business; Masuvhelele was tending to his cattle when the alleged robbers approached.
Masuvhelele's two sons were held up by the criminals and he went to investigate. He encountered one of the suspects outside the shop. The suspect opened fire on Masuvhelele, hitting him several times.