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Four linked to murder in R80 reign of terror arrested

“The fourth suspect, a 19-year-old, has been linked to two armed robbery cases, one reported at Pretoria North in May this year and a second incident reported at Hercules SAPS in August 2020.”

Four more suspects, including a 19-year-old, were arrested after they were linked to a spate of robberies along the R80 Theo Martins Poort and Magalies mountains.

The latest arrests brought the total number to nine suspects linked to the crimes, which prompted motorists and residents to barricade the R80 Mabopane highway recently.

“Other victims have in the past week come forward [about crimes in the area],” said Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters.

Some of the victims had registered cases with police, while others didn’t. She said close collaboration between police and victims led to the latest arrests.

Three out of the four suspects were linked to a murder reported at Akasia SAPS in September this year.

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“The fourth suspect, a 19-year-old, has been linked to two armed robbery cases, one reported at Pretoria North in May this year and a second incident reported at Hercules SAPS in August.” The suspects are expected to appear in court in due course.

“The investigations will continue as police believe there could be more suspects, while also hoping that more victims would come forward,” said Peters.

Peters said police also appreciated the role played by members of the public who had provided valuable information assisting in the investigation. Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has welcomed the latest arrests.

“Our task as the SAPS is to ensure that our communities are and feel safe and secure at all times,” he said. Mawela said the hard work by the team of investigators would bring a halt to the reign of terror by criminals in the area.

“It will also take us a long way in restoring public confidence in the SAPS,” he said.  

 

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