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3 suspects arrested for murder of actress Thandeka Mdeliswa


Police swoop on three men, one of whom is alleged to be the trigger man

MPUMALANGA police have arrested three suspects in connection with the murder of actress Thandeka Mdeliswa.

The breakthrough was made on Friday when officers swooped on the men, one of whom is alleged to be the trigger man.

Mdeliswa, 34, who played the role of Khanya Hlophe in the television soapie IKANI, was killed on September 3 in Evander.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said officers arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with the murder and two other suspects, aged 24 and 29, for unlawful possession of a firearm believed to have been used in the murder.

“According to information regarding the fatal incident, police were informed that Mdeliswa heard a squabble between her brother and two men. She then went out to investigate the problem whereupon, getting closer, one of the men snatched a firearm from his friend and shot her. The two men thereafter fled the scene and police as well as medical personnel were immediately summoned, where the victim was hospitalised but unfortunately died on September 5, 2020,” Hlathi said.

The provincial commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma, has welcomed the sterling work done by the Detectives from Evander as well as the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department, Northern Region Task Team who assisted each other in arresting the suspects.

“We are glad that the suspects have been arrested including the alleged murderer. We also believe that at least the arrest will bring comfort to the family as they will be able to find closure on the matter. It is my pleasure to also commend the good work done by both teams in the apprehension of the suspects,” said Zuma.

The three suspects will appear at the Evander Magistrate’s Court on Monday.