Trio to appear for murder of Midlands couple
THREE men are expected to appear in the Howick Magistrate’s Court today for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping and murders of Roger Solik, 66, and his wife, Christine, 57.
The couple’s bodies were found dumped in a river near their Nottingham Road home last month.
The trio, aged between 31 and 42, will join Thulani Moses Mthembu, who was arrested days after the murders.
Captain Nqobile Gwala, provincial police spokesperson, said officers made a breakthrough in the case when they arrested the trio on Friday night.
“Officers worked through the night searching for the suspects.
“The information directed them to uMlazi where the main suspect was arrested. Further investigation led them to Impendle where two suspects were arrested and found in possession of two unlicensed firearms and suspected stolen property,” said Gwala.
She added that the firearms, one of which was stolen from the Orlando area in Soweto, would be sent for ballistic testing to determine if they were used in crimes in other areas.
On February 17, a neighbour of the Soliks went to their home after they were reported missing.
Gwala said the neighbour found the house in disarray and police were called.
“There were blood stains on the wall and the couple’s car was missing. Police began their investigation, and later that day Christine’s body was found in a river in Nzinga. Their car was found abandoned in the KwaMadlala area in Taylors Halt,” she said.
Roger’s body was also found in the river, three days later.
Major-General Bheki Langa, acting provincial commissioner, heaped praise on officers for their perseverance.