30 November 2020
NELSPRUIT – The police in Mpumalanga have launched a manhunt for four suspects involved in the “gruesome” murder and robbery of a couple which occurred at Barberton on Monday.
“These ruthless assailants entered the yard belonging to a certain family where they held the owner hostage and tied him with some clothing items. They then broke into the backroom where the couple was residing as tenants, robbed them of their belongings, stole keys of the couple’s liquor outlet, shot and killed them before fleeing the scene, ” said Colonel Donald Mdhluli.
“It is said the suspects proceeded to the said liquor business where they were apparently looking for cash.”
Mdhluli said police as well as the paramedics were notified about the incident and upon arrival, the two, who are believed to be in their mid-thirties, were certified dead at the scene.
“The police opened a case of two counts of murder, house robbery and burglary business hence the manhunt. Police took in two men for questioning with regards to the incident and the public is urged to allow space for the members to conduct their investigation,” said Mdhluli.
“In the meantime, anyone with information that can assist police in the investigation should call Detective Lieutenant Colonel Senzo Dawe on 0716851364 or Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP which can be downloaded to any smartphone.”
The SAPS said all information provided will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.