Saturday, 09 February 2019

Thabong: Three suspects aged 20 to 36 were arrested in connection to a kidnapping, attempted murder and assault on Tuesday, 05 February 2019 in Thabong. They appeared in the Welkom magistrate court on the 7 February 2019.

On Sunday, 03 February 2019, Thembani Seuntjie Mzili (37), was driving with his friends in Thabong and stopped near a tuck-shop because one of his friends, Abdul Makhubela (29) wanted to buy a cigarettes. Mzili got out of the car to wait for his friend. A Mercedes Benz came and parked near his car.

One of the five occupants of the Mercedes Benz came out of the car and allegedly kicked Mzili on the left knee, forcing him to get into the Mercedes Benz. Makhubela saw them and realized what was happening; he got into the car and drove off.

It is alleged that the suspects got into the Mercedes Benz and chased Makhubela firing shots in his direction. He managed to escape and went to report the incident at Thabong SAPS. A case to report the incident and a case of attempted murder was opened for further investigation.

The suspects allegedly drove to Koppie Alleen Road with Mzili. The stopped near the robot and allegedly further assaulted and pointed him with a firearm. Mzili was assaulted till he lost consciousness. They then threw him in the furrow.

Mzili allegedly regained consciousness on in the early hours of Monday, 04 February 2019. He started screaming and was heard by a passer-by who assisted him.

On 05 January 2019, Thabong police were informed and a case of kidnapping, assault common and pointing of firearm was registered for further investigation. Thabong Crime Room Members together with Thabong Community Service Members followed up leads and information that was given to them by Mzili as the suspects were known to him.

Three of the suspects, were apprehended on Wednesday night, 05 February 2019 in Thabong. Thabong police are on a manhunt of the other two suspects.