Seven suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Department of Health’s official

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Seven suspects linked to the murder of an official from the Department of Health, Babita Deokaran have been arrested. On 23 August 2021, a 53-year-old Department of Health’s Chief Director was gunned down by unknown suspects in Winchester Hills as she was returning from dropping off her child at school. She was taken to hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

SAPS Gauteng Serious and Violent Crimes Unit in collaboration with SAPS Johannesburg K9, Johannesburg East Crime Intelligence, Fidelity Specialised Services and Community Active Protection operationalised information received and conducted a takedown operation at the suspects’ hideouts in Johannesburg. During the arrests, the police recovered two firearms and two vehicles.

The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla Sitole has welcomed this arrest and commended the investigating team’s breakthrough in the case. “I am confident that the Hawks will work tirelessly to ensure that justice is served.

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