While Police recently made a major breakthrough in the murder case of the Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality Councillor Thabang Maupa when they arrested two suspects in connection with his alleged assassination almost a year ago, they are also making headway regarding similar killings in Mokopane.
Police Provincial Communications Head Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed that Police have been receiving information since offering a R250 000 reward for any leads that can result in the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for the killing of Mogalakwena councillors Valtyn Kekana and Ralph Kanyane in Mokopane in July.
He assured that Police are following up on all information received.
Meanwhile, Kagiso Maroga (34) and Dan Tjie (35) are expected back in the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court on Monday for formal bail application after they were arrested at Ga-Maroga Village outside Burgersfort on Friday in connection with the killing of Maupa.
Provincial Police Commissioner Nneke Ledwaba as well as investigating officer Richard Boshomane attended their first court appearance.
Mojapelo recalled that Maupa was killed on 26 November 2018 while seated in his car in front of a business belonging to him and his wife along the R37 at Ribacross in Tubatse. Maupa had arrived at the business before closing time to help his wife lock up for the day.
The couple, having locked up, was seated in their vehicle when unknown suspects on foot allegedly opened fire on them, hitting Maupa several times. He died on the scene and his wife sustained serious bullet wounds, according to Mojapelo.
The motive for the killing is still being investigated and the relationship between the suspects has not been determined.
Mojapelo indicated that since the killing members of the Provincial Task and Tracking Teams have worked around the clock to hunt down the killers.
Ledwaba welcomed the arrest and has conveyed a strong message that the Police will at all times be determined and unrelenting when tracking down any criminal.
The motive for the killing is still being investigated.
Story: RC Myburgh