Third suspect in murder of taxi owner due to appear before court MPUMALANGA - The relentless effort by police in dealing with crime, including crime within the taxi environment has yielded positive results as the third suspect was nabbed for his alleged involvement in a murder case, where a 34-year-old
taxi owner was gunned down recently in Barberton.
The 37-year-old man is expected to make his appearance before the Barberton Magistrate's Court tomorrow, Thursday 04 March 202 1.
Two other suspects on the same case were previously arrested on 16 February 2021.
The man's court appearance comes after a thorough investigation in which it was unearthed that he too, is entangled in the said murder incident which occurred in the evening of 12 February 2021.
On the said day, a taxi owner parked his Toyota Quantum kombi at the house of a certain motor mechanic and when he alighted, an armed man emerged out of nowhere.
Without uttering a word, the gun-wielding man fired a shot aimed at the
victim and thereafter fled the scene.
Police as well as paramedics were notified during that time about the incident and upon arrival, the victim was unfortunately certified dead at the scene.
A case was then opened with the commencement of an intensive investigation.
The members of the dignified blue wouldn't let the intricacy of the work ahead ground them.
They (police) made a breakthrough in their probe when they arrested the two suspects, Bonginkosi Governor Mabaso, aged 35 and a Correctional Services official Michael Alpheus Sithole, aged 55.
They both made their first appearance before the Barberton Magistrate's Court on 18 February 2021 and they were remanded in custody to date.
The duo is expected to appear again in court for a bail hearing on 08 March 2021.
Police followed up on some information in connection with the same case hence the man's arrest yesterday, 02 March 2021, at Kabokweni near White River, where he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The suspect appeared before the Kabokweni Magistrate's Court today 03 March 2021, on the charge of being in possession of the firearm and this case was postponed to 12 March 2020 and he was remanded in custody.
Police investigation into the matter also revealed that this suspect was previously sentenced in 2007 for murder, four counts of robbery aggravating, house breaking, common assault and seven counts of possession of unlicensed Firearms with ammunition as well as theft.
When the murder incident of the taxi owner occurred, the suspect was on parole.
Police are yet to receive particulars of the parole and sentence from the Department of Correctional Services.