Oct. 19, 2022


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3 Lesotho nationals implicated in Soweto shooting reappear in SA court

3 Lesotho nationals implicated in Soweto shooting reappear in SA court

SA Police Minister, Bheki Cele

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    Suspects claim to be assaulted in custody
    Case postponed until November 8 to finalise the charge sheet

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THREE Lesotho nationals who were arrested together with two South Africans in connection with the Soweto tarven shooting reappeared in the Orlando Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Their case has been postponed to next month.

During the court proceedings, the legal representatives for accused one, two, and three alleged that their clients have been assaulted by police while in custody.

After the state requested a postponement, the matter was then adjourned until November 8, to finalise the charge sheet.

The magistrate ordered that the accused – who face 19 counts of murder, multiple counts of attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and defeating the ends of justice – remain in custody.

On July 10, a group of armed men allegedly arrived in a Toyota Quantum and opened fire at patrons of Mdlalose Tavern in Nomzamo Park, Orlando.

The gunmen used an AK47 assault rifle and pistols, leaving 16 people dead.

According to SA Police Minister, Bheki Cele, more than 130 empty cartridges were found at the crime scene.

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Police believe the shooting was linked to illegal mining and cable theft in the area.

Two suspects were initially arrested by crime intelligence officers in Johannesburg and the Northern Cape last month.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Gauteng spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane who confirmed that three of the accused were from Lesotho said more arrests were imminent. – The Citizen


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