Daily Dispatch

Two ar­rested for teacher’s mur­der

- By BON­GANI FUZILE Crime · Incidents · Drakensberg

UGIE police have made a break­through in the killing of a former teacher who was stabbed in an armed rob­bery last week.

Two sus­pects, aged 20 and 21, were ar­rested on Tues­day and were ex­pected to ap­pear in court yes­ter­day.

The out­come of the court case was not known at time of go­ing to print. A third sus­pect is still on the run.

Drak­ens­berg police clus­ter spokes­woman War­rant Of­fi­cer Nozuko Handile said the two were found with a lap­top re­port­edly stolen from the de­ceased’s house.

“The police man­aged to ar­rest two sus­pects from the area. The two were pos­i­tively linked to the case and have been charged with mur­der, and were ex­pected to ap­pear in court yes­ter­day,” said Handile.

The de­ceased, 60-year-old re­tired teacher He­lena Gouws, was home with her school prin­ci­pal hus­band Chris when the sus­pects en­tered their Plein Street home at night.

It is al­leged that the three sus­pects wres­tled with them and He­lena was stabbed in the neck. She died from her in­juries and was buried last week­end.

DA spokesman for Safety and Security Bobby Steven­son said police needed to re­store pub­lic con­fi­dence in the prov­ince.

“Police need to re­store pub­lic con­fi­dence by spell­ing out mea­sures they will take to ar­rest this alarm­ing trend,” said Steven­son. — bon­ganif@dis­patch.co.za

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