Suspect remanded in custody for police murder

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Tonga Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday remanded Hezekiel Knowledge Mngono (27) in custody. He was arrested by the Hawks’ in Mpumalanga and Crime Intelligence for murder and attempted of police officers on 15 August 2021.

Two police officers were shot while conducting their duties when they unknowingly drove onto a business burglary incident on Monday, 9 August 2021 at Block C in Tonga near Komatipoort.

Dineo Sekgotodi of Mpumalanga Hawks’ said it is alleged that upon noticing the police vehicle, the suspects opened fire and a shootout ensued. “Two police constables aged 38 and 42 sustained gunshot wounds and were rushed to hospital for medical attention. Constable Amos Themba (42) succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.”

The case is postponed to 24 August 2021 for further investigation. Mpumalanga Police Commissioner-General Zodwa Mokoena strongly condemned the attack on members in blue. “An attack on police is an attack on the State. We will leave no stone unturned and we will ensure that the remaining suspects are apprehended so that they will face the full might of the law.”

Police are urging anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the remaining suspects to contact the investigating officers, Lieutenant Colonel Erhard Stroh on ‪‪082 300 8315 .

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