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Male and female suspects arrested for fatal stokvel robbery

The police believe the suspects were tipped-off about the stokvel gathering. Two armed men arrived after three women were given their share and left.

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The Mpumalanga police arrested two 23-year-old suspects for their alleged involvement in a deadly stokvel robbery. The robbery occurred on 10 December, and the suspects were nabbed this week and are due in court on Wednesday, 14 December.

WOMAN KILLED IN STOKVEL ROBBERY

Two armed suspects allegedly showed up at the house in Dingindoda Section, Mshatsha, where a group of women had gathered to share their cash.

“According to the report, it is alleged that after three women were given their share and left, two armed men entered the house,” said Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.

“They allegedly held the women hostage and robbed them of undisclosed amount of cash. It is further indicated that when they (suspects) were leaving, one suspect shot at the woman who was later certified dead on arrival in hospital after she was transported by some members of the community,” added the police spokesperson.

The police opened a case of robbery and murder. The investigation led them to two suspects – a man and a woman. However, it is believed that the stokvel robbery was orchestrated, and the armed suspects were tipped off about the gathering before it happened.

“The team of experts in the field of investigation are working around the clock with an anticipation for more suspects to be arrested in connection with this case,” said the police spokesperson.

The suspects are expected to appear in the Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 14 December.

“This is indeed a sad story hence we advise the groups to approach their respective banks for rather safe alternative methods such as electronic transfers in order to prevent incidents like this,” said Mpumalanga police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Manamela.

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