Following an intensive crime intelligence-drive investigation, initiated after information was received, the South African Police Service discovered the bodies of three men in a field in Carltonville on (date).
The police investigations revealed that on Friday 17 April 2015, two constables from the Springs Detective Service, accompanied by three informers, went to Carltonville in search of four suspects in a murder case they were investigating. It has been alleged that the two constables found one of the four suspects and that, during the course of their interrogation, they tortured this suspect to the point where he lost consciousness. They transported the unconscious man to a hospital where he was certified dead on arrival.
Apparently, the two detective constables then left the hospital with the corpse and continued tracking the other three suspects, whom they found, arrested and transported to a field in Carltonville. There, in the presence of the informers, they allegedly shot all three of the suspects who they had just arrested and left them for dead in the field along with the corpse of the first suspect. One of the three, however, had not in fact died from the bullet wounds he sustained and he crawled to a nearby road where he was assisted and taken to hospital.
After a thorough investigation, the informers were taken into custody and, this morning, Tuesday 5 May 2015, one of the detective constables was arrested. The other detective constable, his accomplice, is presently at large and the SAPS is actively seeking him to ensure that he is taken into custody and charged.
Cases of murder and attempted murder are currently still under investigation.
In other unrelated incidents, the following successes were achieved over the past 48 hours:
The arrest of a police officer from Honeydew – Constable Thulani Malele was arrested on Sunday 3 May 2015 and he appeared in the Protea Magistrates’ Court for murder. He is alleged to have shot and killed the current boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend.
Nine suspects were arrested and seven unlicensed firearms – including two rifles – were recovered in connection with a robbery at a cellphone outlet in Heidelberg.
Five suspects were arrested and an unlicensed firearm and cargo of electronics were recovered after a courier truck hijacking in the Alexandra cluster area.
Two suspects were arrested for being in possession of cargo which included clothing from a well-known retailer worth an estimated R1.2 million.
Four suspects were arrested in Kliprivier for possession of cargo with electronics worth an estimated R8 million
Three suspects were arrested on the R21 near the Olifantsfontein off-ramp and were found in possession of two unlicensed R4 rifles. This happened during a stop-and-search operation when the Gauteng Traffic Police officers stopped a suspicious minibus.
In addition to the above, a woman was hijacked last week in Soweto on her way to pick up her child from school when she was fatally wounded in an apparent hijacking. The management of SAPS Gauteng is issuing a R100 000 reward for the positive identification and arrest of the suspects.
“It is through the actions of dedicated members of the communities that we are able to expose such misconduct and criminality by officials. We would like to set the record straight and assure the public that, in Gauteng, we are not going to associate with criminal elements in the police,” said the Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba.
Those members who are operating outside the mandate of the South African Police Service will be dealt with, through both internal disciplinary action and criminal investigations and will face the full might of the law.
The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Investigation Directorate (IPID) for further investigation.
Source : South African Police Service