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Pair arrested after Metro cop killing due in dock

Two suspects are due in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court today (Monday) on a charge of murder, after anonymous tip-offs led to their arrest last week. The suspects are accused of murdering a Metro Police Officer.

Two suspects are due in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court today (Monday) on a charge of murder, after anonymous tip-offs led to their arrest last week. The suspects are accused of murdering a Metro Police Officer.

Published May 3, 2021

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Cape Town - Metro Police Officer Mzuvukile Mhlengi, 49, was shot and killed outside his home in Marikana, Philippi East, on Wednesday last week.

Police suspect it was a botched robbery. Mhlengi is survived by his wife and teenage daughter.

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Police spokesperson FC van Wyk said the arrest in the case had been due to the joint efforts by some community members, who communicated with police to bring the suspected killers to book.

He said: “Two suspects were arrested for the murder of the Metro Police Officer who was killed on Wednesday, April 28, as a result of tip-offs received by Philippi-East detectives in Lower Crossroads on Thursday, April 29.

“Detectives followed up on the information and arrested two suspects, aged 39 and 49, in Kraaifontein and Lower Crossroads respectively.

“The vehicle of the dead man was found in the possession of one of the suspects. Both are being detained at the Philippi-East police station and will appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court today on a charge of murder,” said Van Wyk.

The City’s Safety and Security Directorate welcomed the arrests and called on police to ensure justice was meted out to the two suspects.

Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said: “The City is delighted with the arrest of the suspects. We hope that those responsible for the senseless murder of Constable Mhlengi will be brought to justice.”

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