Hostage situation leaves two dead, one hospitalised

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Cases of murder, six counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition were opened by the Mankweng police in Limpopo yesterday after a mother (50) and daughter (16) were held hostage in their home.

The mother was shot dead while the daughter was shot and injured.

Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said, “The police were called to a hostage situation at gaMatsea village next to the University of Limpopo at about 15:00 and on arrival, shots were allegedly fired from within the house.”

SAPS hostage negotiators and members of the Tactical Response Team (TRT) soon arrived at the scene and immediately took positions to deal with the matter, added Mojapelo.

“Every time an attempt was made by the police to approach the house, shots were allegedly fired at them from the house. After about three hours of attempting to negotiate with the hostage-taker, a decision was then taken to penetrate the house.”

During the shootout, the suspect (33) was fatally wounded by the police.

The injured teen managed to escape through a window and was then taken to hospital.

“It is believed that the hostage-taker shot and killed the woman and then hid in the bathroom. He seemingly continued firing at the police when they penetrated the house, allegedly damaging one of their shields,” said Mojapelo.

Preliminary police investigations found that the firearm used belonged to the suspect’s brother who is a member of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD).

“The shooting by members of the South African Police Service has been reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID),” Mojapelo stated.

A motive for the incident is yet to be determined.

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