Police arrest two suspects for murder and seized two firearms

NELSPRUIT – Police at Bethal arrested two suspects aged between 28 and 34, on a case of murder at which a man in his 30’s, was shot and killed at Bethal yesterday, Wednesday, 25 December 2019, at approximately 23h00. The police also seized two firearms with ammunition during the arrest.

Reports suggests that Bongani Manana, who is a businessman, was at Bethal dam when he left to open his business. According to information at police disposal, an argument ensued between Manana and some patrons which resulted in a shooting whereby Manana was shot. Police as well as Medical Personnel were notified about the incident and they rushed to the scene.

Manana was taken to hospital with bullet wounds in his body but unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries.

Police immediately conducted their preliminary investigation which led to the arrest of two suspects, recovered two firearms and ammunition.

A case of murder is being investigated by the police and the motive for the killing is unknown at this stage. Both suspects will appear at Bethal Magistrates court on Friday 27 December 2019 on the charge of murder.

The Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has since warned lawful owners of firearms to be more responsible and refrain from using them to settle scores.

In another case, police are looking for suspects following an incident whereby a 28 year old businessman was robbed, shot and killed by unknown suspects. The incident reportedly occurred at Machadodorp on Wednesday 25 December 2019, at about 19h30.

According to information, the man was robbed of undisclosed amount of cash, cigarettes, as well as a machine for airtime and fatally shot at before the suspect(s) fled the scene.

Police and the emergency personnel rushed to the scene whereby the man was certified dead. A case of murder as well as robbery are being investigated by the police. No arrest have been made yet. Police have since launched a manhunt and calls on anyone with information that can assist in apprehending the suspects to call 10111 or anonymously call 0860010111 and members of the public can download MYSAPSAPP to anonymously send information to police.

Source: South African Police Service