NORTHWEST – Five suspects who were arrested for the alleged murders of Constable Simon Ngakaemang Ntsekeletsa (50) and Sergeant Mojalefa Horatius Molete (42), will appear before the Itsoseng Magistrate’s court this morning 30 July 2021. They will be facing charges of murder, malicious damage to property, and possession of a stolen firearm.
The five were arrested during the early hours of Wednesday in Logageng village by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Detective service, Crime Intelligence, Tactical Response Team, and members of the Local Criminal Records. It is alleged that on 26 July 2021 around 9 pm, the two police officers were on patrol duties with a state vehicle when they came across a vehicle loaded with suspected stolen goats. The members reported the incident to the commander and mentioned that they would be bringing the suspect’s vehicle to the police station soon. About an hour later, the police reported that they were not far from the police station. However, the police officers never arrived at the police station and they could not be reached on both their cell phones nor the police radio. A manhunt for the police officers was immediately launched.
On 27 July 2021, the police were alerted by community members of bloodstains on the road leading to the police station. When the scene was visited, a knife and a police badge belonging to one of the deceased were found and a second badge was found near Mareetsane road. Further investigations led the team to a burnt state vehicle wherein the bodies of the deceased police officers were discovered.
The team followed all leads and worked tirelessly until they traced and arrested the five suspects who were allegedly found in possession of a 9mm pistol which was taken from the slain police officers. A hammer, clothing with suspected bloodstains, and a vehicle have been seized for further investigation.
While condemning the acts of the perpetrators, the National Head of the Hawks Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya applauded the joint team for the swift arrest and recovery of the police firearm. Lieutenant General Lebeya further expressed deepest condolences to the families: “We certainly hope that the families of our fallen police officers would find comfort in the arrest of suspects and look forward to successful prosecution on these criminal acts”.
“An attack on the police is an attack on the state and this is why we will leave no stone unturned and will utilise all resources at our disposal to ensure those who commit such heinous acts against our officers in blue are found and face the full might of the law,” the Minister of Police reiterated.