On Sunday 21 February 2021, a 31-year-old suspect handed himself over to the police for murdering his 24-year-old friend. He also handed in the firearm believed to be the murder weapon.
The suspect is expected to appear before the Emalahleni Magistrate’s Court today. SAPS reported that the incident occurred on Saturday 20 February after the funeral of the suspect’s friend.
The suspect and the victim engaged in a hair-raising argument which resulted in the fatal shooting. The suspect is believed to have transported the victim in his car to the paramedics who were stationed at a nearby shopping complex.
The suspect immediately vanished thereafter. The victim later succumbed to his injuries.
Further investigations revealed that certain community members who attended the funeral were in direct contravention of lockdown regulations. They were found to be acting unruly, conducting an after-tears event, spinning cars, not wearing masks and not practising any form of social distancing.
The community also refused to heed the call of the police when they were urged to stop with the activities. SAPS said that their behaviour was a ‘worrying factor’ and their conduct was ‘depicting a degree of lawlessness and danger’.
An attempt to engage with the community concerning their actions resulted in a police officer being manhandled and vulgar words used against him. Police vehicles were also pelted with beer bottles at the same event.
Police in Mpumalanga have issued a stern warning to the community to adhere to the law as at this level, no one is permitted to conduct an after tears event nor parties.
The community is further warned not to obstruct police from doing their work. The same point was driven home to liquor outlets owners to strictly adhere to regulations.