Metro Police Officer Arrested in Connection With Katlehong Tavern Shooting, Set to Appear in Court

Metro Police Officer Arrested in Connection With Katlehong Tavern Shooting, Set to Appear in Court

  • Police have arrested one suspect in connection with the Katlehong tavern shooting that left two dead
  • The suspect is an Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) officer who is due to appear in court soon
  • The shooting occurred earlier this month when armed men stormed into the tavern and opened fire

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GAUTENG - An Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) officer was arrested in connection with the deadly Katlehong tavern shooting on Friday, 22 July.

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A suspect was arrested in connection with the Katlehong tavern shooting that occurred earlier this month. Image: Noel Celis/AFP
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The tavern shooting left two people dead and four others injured. Police confirmed with News24 that the suspect is expected to appear in court on Monday, 25 July and that the investigation into the tavern shooting is underway.

On Friday, 8 July, a group of armed men stormed into the Mputlane Inn tavern and randomly opened fire at patrons. Police Spokesperson Dimakatso Sello told EWN that one suspect was arrested.

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The shooting was one of several others that rocked the country earlier this month.

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South Africans react to the police officer’s arrest:

@Zodwaonly said:

“Hired assassins.”

@ntombik3 commented:

“Could the officer be responsible for the other tavern shooting in Soweto?”

@AlphyzaAli wrote:

“Only here in SA will you witness this kind of sh*t, SA is just a violent, comedy movie on its own.”

@PretoriaProudly added:

“Clearly, he was not fit for having a firearm.”

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In a related matter, Briefly News also reported gangsterism and criminality are believed to be the reason for the deadly tavern shooting that claimed the lives of 15 people in the Nomzamo informal settlement in Orlando East on Sunday, 10 July.

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Several other brutal tavern shootings took place at the weekend, leaving many injured or killed. Speaking to TimesLIVE, Violence Prevention Expert Gareth Newham believes that extortion could be a plausible motive behind the shooting.

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