MAVALELA RES­I­DENTS GIVE PO­LICE SEVEN DAYS TO AR­REST MUR­DER SUS­PECTS

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - Sto­ries by Won­der­boy Dlamini

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.

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