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Roodepan cops probe murder


“The deceased was accidentally stabbed while trying to broker peace.”

THE POLICE in Roodepan are investigating the murder of a 29-year-old man who was stabbed to death on Sunday night, January 2, at about 11pm.

Galeshewe SAPS spokesperson, Captain Bashoabile Kale, said the deceased was stabbed when he apparently intervened after a quarrel broke out during a game of bingo.

“The deceased was accidentally stabbed while trying to broker peace.”

He added that a 31-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder.

“The investigations continue.”

Kale also requested anyone with any information regarding the Jerusalem shack murders to contact the Roodepan detectives.

Two men, aged 23 and 33 years, were beaten to death after they gained entry by bending the steel door of a shanty during the early hours of Monday morning.

Kale stated that the two men were interrogated by a mob.

“They were later beaten with sjamboks until they succumbed to their injuries on the scene.

“The two suspects were declared dead by the ambulance.”

He was not able to confirm whether anything was stolen from the premises as the owner of the shack was not at home when the incident happened.

“The murder investigation to trace the perpetrators continues.”

Kale indicated that family members had positively identified the deceased.

“The Roodepan SAPS branch commander, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Mashodi, is calling anyone who has information about the assault and murder of the deceased to come forward with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects. The public is requested the Roodepan Detectives on 082 469 0681.”

Meanwhile Lerato Park residents pointed out that they had reported various cases of house breaking and theft against the deceased although no action was taken.

“They were going like crazy breaking into people’s places, they broke into my daughter’s place too, and a friend of mine. Cases were opened but the police failed the community. Those guys would have been alive if they were arrested,“ one resident said.

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