Gauteng Police Arrest Suspect in Teboho Joala Murder Case, Uncover Links to Additional Suspects

Gauteng Police Arrest Suspect in Teboho Joala Murder Case, Uncover Links to Additional Suspects

  • Gauteng Police have arrested a suspect connected to the murder of Rand Water executive Teboho Joala in Thokoza, the East of Johannesburg
  • During the arrest, law enforcement confiscated a firearm believed to be linked to the crime, providing crucial evidence for the ongoing investigation
  • Joala and his bodyguard were shot in full view of primary school pupils from five different schools who had gathered at the local community hall in Johannesburg

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Police have made a breakthrough in the Teboho Joala murder case.
A suspect has been arrested in the Teboho Joala murder case. Images: @TebohoJoala/Twitter and Instagram/@TebohoJoala
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JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Police have made a significant breakthrough in the case of the murder of Rand Water executive Teboho Joala.

Suspect arrested

According to eNCA, Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Tommy Mthombeni confirmed a suspect linked to the killing has been arrested. Police followed leads to an address in Thokoza, east of Johannesburg, and confiscated a firearm at the scene.

The arrest marks a crucial step in the investigation of the events surrounding Joala's tragic death. Mthombeni emphasised that the investigation is ongoing and that court-secured documents are needed to strengthen the case against the individuals involved.

Joala's murder shocked the community, as he was killed in a brazen hit in front of hundreds of primary school pupils during a donation event hosted by Rand Water at Zakariyya Park Civic Hall, south of Johannesburg.

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Mzansi call for justice

The circumstances of his death have sparked widespread concern around Mzansi, with many calling on cops to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Here are some of the reactions:

@ZweLee Ginola Miya commented:

"They always say Police are not working. I always say commit a crime uzabona."

@RM Sithole shared:

"Good Job. We hope justice is served."

@Alex Mchenge Alex said:

"That was quick. The problem is our justice system. It's useless."

@Max Well Baloyi reacted:

"May the courts exercise full might of the law instead of casually granting bail and issuing shorter sentences for heinous crimes."

@Mushavhi Justice Razwinani shared:

"That's great; the Police are excelling at their Task."

@Siphiwe Biyela said:

"The main problem is our laws and the corrupt justice system, but otherwise, the police are working."

@Kolobe Nkgweng

"Our justice system is weak. It failed Joala and did not protect Teboho Joala."

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Trisha Pillay (Weekend current affairs editor) Trisha Pillay is a Current Affairs writer at Briefly News. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Johannesburg and an Honours degree in International Politics from UNISA. She joined ENCA straight out of varsity and completed an internship at the channel. Pillay later went on to cover politics, crime, entertainment, and current affairs at the Citizen Newspaper. She joined Newzroom Afrika in 2019 and became a senior bulletin editor for shows focused on politics and current affairs on the channel. She joined Briefly News in 2023. You can contact her at