O1 February 2021
Nelspruit – The police in Mpumalanga have launched a manhunt for a suspect following a horrific incident in which four people were shot at Mhluzi near Middelburg in the early hours of Sunday 31 January 2021.
Sergeant Trinity Masemola said that one of the victims succumbed to his injuries while the other three were taken to hospital where they are fighting for their lives and amongst them is a female police officer (Sergeant) who was off-duty at the time of the incident.
“According to the reports, police were notified of a shooting incident at Riverside (Mhluzi) and upon arrival they found a 39 year old male victim with bullet wounds. The man who has now been identified as Sipho Samuel Magagula was unfortunately certified dead at the scene.”
“Police were also informed of the three that were shot but taken for medical treatment in hospital. Police opened a case of murder with three additional counts of attempted murder and hence a manhunt,”Masemola said.
Preliminary investigation suggests that the four were shot by a suspect who is sought by the police. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage.
“The police believe that Bongani Willken Mkhomazi can assist them in their investigation and is therefore requested to urgenlty contact police. The public is also urged to notify police of his whereabouts.”
Meanwhile, police have made a clarion call to anyone with information that can help in arresting the suspect to contact Detective Sergeant Trinity Masemola on 0832463552 or call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111. Alternatively, members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP which can be downloaded to any smartphone. Their information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.
The police management has since condemned the shooting of the victims and has vowed for the perpetrator to be brought to book, Masemola maintained.