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Three men gun down Limpopo security officer

The security van which the three suspects used as a getaway vehicle was found abandoned between Tshiozwi and Madombidzha village on August 28.

LIMPOPO – The police in Tshilwavhusiku are searching for three suspects after they shot and killed a security officer and sped off with a DRS security company van last Sunday at Madombidzha, Zone 4 at around 19:30.

According to the police spokesperson, Lt Col Malesela Ledwaba, the security officer identified as Vincent Sivhada (34), was on duty at the time the incident occurred. “The security van was parked next to a spaza shop when Sivhada was approached by three unknown men and shot, before they drove off with the security company’s vehicle. The police and emergency service workers were notified about the incident and on our arrival, the victim was pronounced dead. The police seized empty cartridges and live ammunition.”

He confirmed that cases of murder and carjacking were opened.

Even though no one has yet been arrested, the security van was found abandoned between Tshiozwi and Madombidzha village on August 28. Ledwaba sent a stern warning out to the suspects, who are still at large, that the police are hot on their heels and that they will be arrested.

The deceased’s brother, Melton Sivhada, told CV he had received a phone call from someone who had told him to rush to the scene at Madombidzha.

“I have so many questions. What did my younger brother do to these cruel men that made them kill him? I hope they get arrested, so they can answer those questions. He died like a criminal, but he was a decent and respectful man. We want justice for my brother and see these criminals behind bars.”

The supervisor of DRS security guards in Louis Trichardt, Alfred Mahafha, conveyed their condolences on behalf of the company to the family and friends of their colleague. He said he had trust in the police to apprehend the suspects swiftly.

Provincial police commissioner Lt Gen Thembi Hadebe condemned the killing and called upon the community to assist with information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspects.

Anyone with information that can lead to their arrest should contact the investigating officer, WO Mawela Patrick Tshikhudo on 072 745 4908 or 015 519 6000. Alternatively, call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111, the nearest police station, or visit the MysapsApp.

Sivhada was buried at Madodonga on Saturday.

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