A wife of a murdered Police was arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation members on 18 February 2022. The Hawks made a remarkable breakthrough by arresting two more suspects. In connection with the murder of the late W/O Mogokolodi Cleopas Digama who was stationed at Apel police station.
The prime suspect, aged 41, who was married to the deceased was arrested at her home in Nebo. Her accomplice who is reported to be her boyfriend was arrested by the same team at Ga- Mashashane.
WIFE OF MURDERED POLICE ARRESTED BY HAWKS
Preliminary investigations revealed that the deceased’s wife had a child with her accomplice.
On 27 June 2021, the deceased who was on his way home from work was allegedly attacked and killed by heavily armed suspects in one of the spaza shops in Apel. The suspect reportedly drove off in his vehicle that was later found burned in Madibong village near Sekhukhune.
The matter was immediately referred to the Hawks and a massive manhunt for the suspects was launched.
FIRST SUSPECTS REMAIN IN CUSTODY
Through an intelligence-driven investigation by the police, the two first suspects, Mpusheng Titos Malata (31) and Nosky Mabitla (31) were previously arrested in June and July 2021 respectively.
Malata and Mabitla were also denied bail by the Sekhukhune Magistrates’ court. They will appear again on 24 February 2022 at the very same court.
The deceased’s wife and her accomplice are expected to make their first appearance in the Sekhukhune Magistrates’ court on Monday. They face murder charges. Investigation is still ongoing.
The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Thobeka Jozi has since hailed the team for the arrest and a progressive ongoing investigation.
“An attack on a police officer is also an attack on the State. We are going to utilise all the available resources. To make sure that those who find pleasure in killing the police are brought to book and dealt with accordingly”, General Jozi added.