Sus­pects held af­ter hit on chief whip

Cele sends out warn­ing af­ter pair’s ar­rest in Nob­hon­goza mur­der case

Daily Dispatch - - News - MALIBONGWE DAYIMANI CRIME RE­PORTER mal­i­bong­[email protected]­patch.co.za

Po­lice minister Bheki Cele an­nounced that a traf­fic of­fi­cer and his daugh­ter are among the four sus­pects ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of Cala ANC chief whip Mx­olisi Nob­hon­goza nine days ago.

Cele broke the news to hun­dreds of peo­ple at­tend­ing the launch of a new tra­di­tional polic­ing con­cept at Nqadu Great Place in Wil­low­vale on Fri­day.

Speak­ing as thun­der rolled, light­ning cracked and the rain came down, Cele said the sus­pected “trig­ger-puller” was among those ar­rested for the slay­ing of the Zakhi­sizwe mu­nic­i­pal­ity politi­cian. “We have ar­rested all of the peo­ple we be­lieve killed the coun­cil­lor in Cala. When the com­mis­sioner says ar­rest peo­ple within 72 hours, we make sure we get you in less than that 72 hours.

“What is more tragic is that one of the sus­pects is a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, a traf­fic of­fi­cer. We will hear in court ex­actly what was the pur­pose of the in­ci­dent,” Cele said.

He said the swift re­sponse of the po­lice was thanks to an an ex­cel­lent part­ner­ship be­tween po­lice and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“More de­tails will be [emerg­ing] in court. We are not go­ing to run ahead of court. Three were ar­rested plus one whom we sus­pect was a trig­ger-puller. It would be much bet­ter to stop the killings be­fore they hap­pen but also it is still im­por­tant that when those killings hap­pen, we re­act quickly. That is why we have a 72-hour turn­around strat­egy.”

Hawks spokesper­son Cap­tain Anelisa Feni said the se­ri­ous or­gan­ised crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit ar­rested a 32-year-old man in East Lon­don in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent on Thurs­day.

Nob­hon­goza, 42, was shot and killed on Novem­ber 29 af­ter he was al­legedly am­bushed by three sus­pects while walk­ing in his neigh­bour­hood.

Cele said he wanted to stop the new trend of po­lit­i­cal killings in the East­ern Cape.

The hit on Nob­hon­goza comes 14 months af­ter Ray­mond Mh­laba coun­cil speaker Thozama Njobe was killed af­ter be­ing shot 16 times in what was be­lieved to be a po­lit­i­cal as­sas­si­na­tion. The killing took place in Fort Beau­fort out­side Njobe's home on July 17 2017.

Pic­ture: LULAMILE FENI

ON ALERT : A road­block on the N2 to the en­trance of Du­tywa on Fri­day while po­lice minister BhekI Cele at­tended the Tra­di­tional Polic­ing Con­cept launch in Nqadu Great Place.

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