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Breakthrough in Magistrate’s murder

Karabo Ngoepe

JOHANNESBURG- Police have made a breakthrough in the murder of Magistrate, Victor Mabunda who was gunned down outside his home in Bronkorstspruit early in January.

Police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the man was caught when police arrested 28 suspects for various crimes. They were expected to appear in various courts on Monday.

“Twenty-eight (28) suspects are due to appear at the various Magistrate’s Court’s tomorrow on charges of murder, attempted murder, business robbery, attempted ATM bombing, possession of suspected stolen vehicles and possession of unlicensed firearms following their arrests over the weekend in Bronkorstspruit, Ennerdale, Mayfair West and other areas,” he said.

Police also seized stolen vehicles, explosives and 23 firearms including pistols and revolvers during the weekend.

“One of the suspects aged 27 who was arrested for murder, is an accomplice of two other suspects who appeared at the Bronkorstspruit Magistrate Court on Friday for the killing of a Magistrate, Victor Mabunda, in Bronkorstspruit early in January this year. The suspects’ case was postponed and were remanded in custody until 12 February for a formal bail application and further investigation,” he said.

In Ennerdale, police arrested three suspects who attempted to bomb an ATM at the Spar Supermarket. The suspects were found in possession of explosives while they were planning to bomb an ATM. Police searched them and found a pistol.

“Their gateway vehicle, a VW Jetta, was impounded for further investigation. Further investigation is continuing as they are suspected to be part of a gang involved in ATM bombings and other serious and violent crimes. Three other suspects who were involved in a shoot-out with police, were arrested in Mayfair West following an armed robbery of a food outlet. One of the suspects was shot and wounded and he is under police guard at the hospital. Police seized two unlicensed firearms, undisclosed amount of money and packets of Cigarettes. The suspects aged 20, 21 and 23 are due to appear at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court on charges of attempted murder, business robbery and possession of illegal firearms and ammunition,” said Dlamini.

In Mamelodi, police seized a stolen Mercedes Benz, a Ford Ranger and unlicensed revolver following a house robbery. Three suspects who were driving the Ford Ranger which was stolen during a house robbery were confronted by members of the Flying Squad.

They abandoned the vehicle and jumped into a Mercedes Benz but did not manage to escape.

“Police arrested them and discovered that their gateway vehicle, a Mercedenz Benz, was also hijacked during December. They will appear at the Moretele Magistrate Court on charges of possession of unlicensed firearm, possession of stolen vehicles and house robbery,” he said.

Dlamini added that other suspects were found in possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition during police routine patrols over the weekend and will appear at the various Magistrate Courts tomorrow (Monday).


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