After the execution of Gauteng health officer Babita Deokaran, the Eagles followed more suspects. On Monday, six men briefly appeared in the Johannesburg District Court for the murder that shocked the country last week.
Last week, Deokalan was ambushed and shot dead outside her home in Winchester Hills, South Johannesburg. According to reports, she had just sent her son back to school. He is suspected of being involved in his investigation of a suspicious personal protective equipment contract in the province.
According to reports, she was a key witness. It was reported over the weekend that the police had solved the case and arrested seven male suspects. But yesterday the court made it clear that there were actually 6 people arrested: Phakamani Hadebe, Zita Hadebe, Sanele Mbele, Nhlangano Ndlovu, Siphiwe Mazibuko and Phakanyiswa Dladla.
On Monday, these people appeared calm in the dock because their formal bail application was postponed to September 13. They face charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and unauthorized possession of weapons and ammunition.
After a brief procedure, the spokesperson of the Johannesburg State Taxation Agency Fendi Myonondevani told reporters that the seventh man had been released because he had no connection with the Deokalan massacre. He was only found in the company of one of the defendants. "These charges have not been temporarily dropped.
He has not been charged at all because we currently have no evidence that he is related to the alleged crime," Mjonondwane said. Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu, a spokesman for the Gauteng Eagles, said that more arrests are coming. "We still have suspects to be investigated. We are using and following the intelligence. We can confirm that more people are about to be arrested," Mulamu said.
It will not specify when the suspects will be arrested. "The time frame is very important, but we cannot just stand here and say that the suspect will be arrested in the next 24 hours. But we are pretty sure ... all suspects will be brought to justice." He revealed that none of the six people charged are government officials.
"None of the suspects who appeared in court this morning were officials from the Ministry of Health." There are indications that these six people are izinkabi, which roughly translates to murderer. They are primarily employed by KZN to implement targets across the country. "All the suspects are from KZN. None of them are Gauteng residents. They were all arrested in KZN," Mullamu said.
Although there are reports that someone has pleaded guilty, Mjonondwane declined to comment, saying such information will become part of the state's case and will be revealed in court. "The evidence will be held in court. Mjonondwane said the media and the public will get more information (once the matter is published in court, they will be able to understand the alleged confession." "We can't begin to reveal the type of evidence the country has. We have not yet reached that stage. More details will be announced in court in due course." The suspect
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