Officers praised for speedy arrests following Chatsworth pensioner's murder
Durban - The team, who managed to track down four men linked to the murder of a Chatsworth pensioner last week, have been honoured for their efforts.
The team was praised in a post by the South African Police Services with the caption, "eThekwini Inner South Cluster acknowledged the members of SAPS Chatsworth Serious and Violent Crimes unit for the arrest of four suspects linked to the murder of a 72-year-old pensioner."
The first suspect, believed to be a handyman who often worked for the family, was arrested the next day in Greyville.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker, the second suspect was tracked to Ndwedwe where he was arrested and charged. Naicker said police recovered a cellphone and some cash.
Police said the third suspect was Matatiele in the Eastern Cape just hours later. The fourth man was arrested in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape.
Last week Monday, Dukhi Radha Dasi (Jinsee Ram), was strangled with her sari while in the prayer room of her home. Dasi's daughter, Raksha, was with her at the time and was also attacked. The suspects allegedly fled the scene with a large sum of cash.
Police were alerted to the murder after neighbours hearing noises coming from the family's home. She found Ram dead and Raksha bleeding, but alive and contacted the police.
The four accused have all been charged and have made their first appearances in court. They are due back in court again soon where they are expected to apply for bail.