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Alleged cop killer arrested in Mpumalanga

By Molaole Montsho Time of article published Dec 22, 2021

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Rustenburg – Another man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Mpumalanga policeman Sergeant Joseph Christopher Kutu, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

“The arrest followed intelligence-driven information about one of the outstanding suspects in the case. The suspect was arrested at his home in Kwaggafontein on Tuesday.

“The suspect is expected to appear before the Emalahleni Magistrate’s Court soon, and he will join other suspects who are in custody. More arrests are imminent and the investigation continues," said Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi.

She said the 24-year-old was wanted for the murder of Kutu of the Witbank Tactical Response Team, who was gunned down at his house in July.

Kutu’s wife, Patricia Mabojane Kutu, 28, a court interpreter, and her accomplice, Vincent Bonginkosi, 39, were arrested on December 14 and December 16 respectively.

They appeared at the Emalahleni Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and were remanded in custody until December 28 when they will apply for bail.

In a separate incident, the police in the Free State said a 52-year-old municipal worker was arrested for allegedly stealing plumbing equipment and other tools worth R50 000 from the Matjhabeng Local Municipality.

Spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said the man was arrested on Wednesday when the police followed up on information received.

“The house of the employee was identified and approached and permission was requested to search his premises. The following items were found and identified as the property (of) the Matjhabeng Municipality: large quantities of plumbing equipment, tools, machinery, power tools, personal protective clothing and other sundry goods like fittings, clamps, etc. The items seized are valued at R50 000.”

The suspect was arrested and will appear in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court soon.


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