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Another alleged cop killer arrested in Mpumalanga

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Hawks arrested another man in connection with the murder of a policeman in Mpumalanga. Photo: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

Published Dec 22, 2021


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

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“The suspect is expected to appear before 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 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 Emalahleni Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and were both remanded in custody until December 28 when they would 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 municipality.

Spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said the man was arrested on Wednesday when the police followed up information, and found stolen items at his home during a search.

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This included large quantities of plumbing equipment, tools, machinery, power tools, personal protective clothing and other sundry goods like fittings and clamps, among others.

"The 52-year-old suspect was arrested for possession of suspected stolen properties and will appear soon in Welkom Magistrate's Court,“ he said.


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