MAVALELA RESIDENTS GIVE POLICE SEVEN DAYS TO ARREST MURDER SUSPECTS
RESIDENTS of Mavalela have given police a seven-day ultimatum to round up all suspects who have been linked with the murder of an elderly couple from the same area in November last year.
The residents have vowed not to rest until all the suspects have been arrested, especially the woman who is alleged to have ordered the hit on the elderly couple.
This comes after the killing of an elderly man and his wife, who were hacked with a bush-knife before being set alight while at their homestead.
The elderly couple was aged 81 and 77 years, respectively. About a month later, one suspect was arrested and charged with two counts of murder.
However, the arrest of the suspect, one Sabelo Bha Shongwe (35) seems to have not satisfied the residents of the area, as they believe there are still more suspects roaming freely in the area.
Yesterday, the residents convened a meeting near the Mngometulu homestead (deceasedS’ home) where they deliberated on a way forward concerning the matter.
The meeting was said to have also meant to report back to other residents following their march to the Big Bend Police Station last Sunday. It was during this meeting that the residents vowed to take the law into their own hands if police fail to arrest more suspects in the matter.
“There is this one woman whom we believe has knowledge about the killing of the elderly couple. We have taken this matter as our responsibility, because the elderly couple had no children, so it is up to us to ensure that justice is done in this case,” said one of the residents during an interview with this publication.
Apparently, the sole suspect who is currently in custody is alleged to have spelled out some names of individuals during his confession before court.
He is said to have stated that he was hired by a certain lady who had interest in the elderly couple’s estate.
This is the same lady who is wanted behind bars by the residents.
“We have given the police a week to make more arrests in the matter, or else, they will be coming here to collect bodies of the suspects,” said another resident, who only wanted to be identified as Maziya. Meanwhile, police have called upon the residents to remain calm and allow the law to take its course.
During a previous interview, police spokesperson Phindile Vilakati said the matter was still under investigation, with a possibility of more arrests.
STILL INVESTIGATING: Police PRO Phindile Vilakati.