Gauteng and Mpumalanga Police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of a Dobsonville grandmother and the rape of her 21-year-old granddaughter, with “maximum resources” having been afforded to the manhunt after the heinous act.
The men were all arrested one by one, at different locations, following a coordinated interprovincial operation.
The arrests follow the horrendous rape and murder of a 61-year-old grandmother, and the rape of her young granddaughter on 17 July.
According to police, the suspects broke into the house on Dzana Street, Dobsonville after breaking the burglar bar and entering through the sliding door before raping both women in separate bedrooms. The grandmother was rushed to hospital after the incident and later succumbed to her injuries.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said that the arrests had taken place in Mpumalanga, and confirmed that one of the suspects in the murder had been shot and killed during a separate house robbery on the weekend.
“The Soweto West Trio Task Team, that has been working around the clock on the investigation of the Dobsonville murder of a 61-year old woman and the rape of her 21-year old grand-daughter during a house robbery, made a breakthrough in the case,” he said.
He said the investigation, which began in Gauteng but ultimately moved across to Mpumalanga through an intelligence-driven operation had led them to a group of men who themselves had been involved in various incidents in the interim.
With one of the suspects having been killed while carrying out a separate crime in Roodepoort over the weekend, another of the three suspects was the victim of mob justice by the
“On Wednesday evening, 22 July 2020, investigations led the team to Mpumalanga where they arrested one suspect,” he said. “Police have determined and confirmed that the second suspect in the case was shot and killed during a house robbery this past weekend in Roodepoort.”
“Further investigations have since linked a third suspect who is of one two men that were allegedly assaulted by community members over the weekend. This third suspect has now been arrested and is in police custody.”
Gauteng Commissioner of police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela “welcomed the arrest of three suspects; and commended the investigating team that remained committed to prioritising the investigation of crimes against women, children and vulnerable persons.”
Peters said that the suspects, aged 50 and 43, will appear before court in due course.