Cape town crime atteridgeville children burned beyond recognition

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Cop arrested for killing of KZN family, woman held for strangling newborn

Police say more arrests are expected as the investigation into the massacre of a Mpumalanga family progresses.

Cape town crime atteridgeville children burned beyond recognition

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A police officer is the second person to be arrested in connection with an alleged orchestrated hit that claimed the lives of a family of six in Mpumalanga, Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, police said on Sunday.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker, the 51-year-old warrant officer was arrested in Johannesburg on Friday 14 February and is expected to appear in court on Monday to face murder and attempted murder charges.

Second arrest in ‘hit’ on family

“He will join his co-accused Buhlebakhe Khomo, 29, who was arrested on 2 January. More arrests are expected as the investigation progresses.”

Father Mvumo Msomi, his son, Dumisani, daughters Philisiwe and Celiwe, and their cousin, Dumisani Ntuli, were shot and killed at their home in Unit 3, Mpumalanga, on 11 December 2019.

According to police reports, the family was watching television and suddenly heard gunshots at the window and the door. Five family members and a neighbour, Bongani Ndlovu, were fatally wounded and a three-year-old boy was rushed to a nearby clinic for a gunshot wound to the leg.  

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula said detectives from the Organised Crime Unit, led by Brigadier Teboho Mbele, had been investigating the matter for two months. 

“Despite many challenges, they have been able to make a breakthrough. We will leave no stone unturned and ensure that the perpetrators face the full might of the law,” he said.

Woman arrested for strangling a newborn baby

In a separate incident in Durban, a 24-year-old woman was placed under arrest for the murder of a newborn baby boy on Saturday 15 February.

Cato Manor police received information on Saturday with regards to a case of concealment of birth at an apartment block on Candella Road, in Durban.

Upon arrival at the scene, the body of a newborn baby boy was found wrapped in a blue shirt inside the municipal bin. The body was discovered by a member of the community.

At the scene, police conducted an investigation and it led them to one of the flats in the apartment block where they made the gruesome discovery of an umbilical cord inside a bucket. Further investigation revealed that the baby was strangled and dumped inside the bin.

Cato Manor SAPS was praised by KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula for the swift arrest.

“The intensive investigation made by Cato Manor SAPS in bringing the suspect to book is commended,” Jula said.

The woman will appear at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday 17 February.