Mpumalanga Police have arrested a taxi hitman linked to a series of assassinations of taxi operators in the province. The 28-year-old suspect is linked to two cases of murder and one case of attempted murder in Nkangala District.
The suspect has been linked to the assassination of France Oupa Manamela who was gunned down at Milivia Taxi Rank on 1 March 2021.
In the second serious crime he committed, the murder suspect is also facing charges of killing a Taxi owner execution style at Miliva traffic circle few meters away from where Manamela was murdered. The brutal murder was reported on 23 April 2021.
In another incident, the suspect is also linked to the shooting and attempted murder of a man who was driving a Taxi Patrol vehicle at Moloto near Kwamhlanga. The victim was shot in the leg and sustained injuries which led to hospitalisation.
South African Police Services Spokesperson Colonel Donal Mduli said the man was arrested a result of collective efforts by the community to apprehend the suspect.
“A call was also extended to the community to assist police with relevant information to help police in their investigation”, explained Colonel Mduli.
During his arrest, Police managed to seize an unlicenced firearm and ammunition from the suspect and a VW Polo vehicle which is also believed to have been used to commit the crimes.
The 28-year-old suspect was arrested last week Thursday and is due to appear in court this morning (3 May 2021) before the Kwamhlanga magistrate’s court.