Two arrested for murder, arson conspiracy

Monday, April 29, 2019

Two men, aged 59 and 50, will this morning appear before the Temba Magistrates’ Court for conspiracy to commit murder and arson.

In a statement, the South African Police Services (SAPS) said police in February this year, received information of a plot to kill a woman from Ratjiepane Village in Temba, Hammanskraal, where the alleged plan was to set her house alight at night while she and her family would be asleep.

Gauteng Provincial Head of Organised Crime, Brigadier Moabi Modise, led a multi-disciplinary task team comprising of Provincial Organised Crime Unit; Crime Intelligence and the Tactical Response Team.

“The team worked around the clock and ultimately arrested the duo in an operation in the early hours of Friday morning, 26 April 2019. One of the suspects was found in possession of a flammable solution that would allegedly have been used to commit the planned arson and murder,” the SAPS said.

Gauteng Commissioner of Police Lieutenant General Elias Mawela commended the quality of the intelligence and meticulous investigation that saw police spare the lives of the woman and her family.

"The public has yet again played a valuable role in the fight against crime. Had this conspiracy not been reported to the police, we would have been telling a different story today. Big ups to everyone who played a role in the prevention of what could have been a tragedy," said Mawela. –