Three arrested in Eastern Cape for horrific triple murder believed to be gang-related

Police crime scene tape on grass.

Police arrested three suspects for the gruesome triple in the Eastern Cape. File Picture: Keran Ducasse

Published Aug 12, 2023


Police in the Eastern Cape have been praised for their quick response, leading to the arrest of three suspects in connection with a horrific triple murder in Booysens Park.

On Tuesday, three men were burnt alive in an incident suspected to be gang-related.

The provincial police spokesperson, Captain Sandra Janse Van Rensburg, announced that members attached to the Provincial Organised Crime Investigation made the arrests on Friday, August 11, 2023.

Raiding operations were conducted within the areas of Extension 21 in Bethelsdorp, leading to the arrests of two males, aged 35 and 37, and one female aged 35.

They were charged with murder, arson, and assault to cause grievous bodily harm.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, August 8, at approximately 1:10 am on Roman Street. According to Janse Van Rensburg, the suspects entered a house looking for drugs and assaulted all the occupants.

One female victim was stabbed in the arm, while another female had no visible injuries. The suspects then tied up three males, poured petrol in the house, and set it on fire, causing the tragic deaths.

The incident is believed to be connected to ongoing gang activities in the area. The suspects are expected to appear in the Gqeberha Magistrate's Court on Monday, August 14.